My recipe for granola is, like many of my other recipes- a spin-off of some original recipe I collected years ago. I have turned my granola into something a little different from the normal honey and oats recipe.
Mine goes a little like this...
18 ozs whole rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 maple syrup
2 T cinnamon
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Mix the dry oats and cinnamon. Melt the coconut oil in a glass measuring cup and add the maple syrup and vanilla to that same cup. Pour over oats. Mix by hand in large bowl until well combined. Mix in seeds and nuts. Bake on large cookie sheet in oven preheated to 250' for about 45 mins, stirring half-way through.
Add raisins or dried cranberries after granola is done baking.
As I write this, our entire house is filled with this oh-so good maple and cinnamon aroma that is intoxicating enough to even lure the children in from outdoors. "What is that yummy smell", they ask. As I lead them to the oven for a peek, many oohs and aahs are heard. And then the disappointing news that the granola is for breakfast tomorrow morning. The room becomes silent and a row of tiny heads towards the floor in defeat.
An urgent message of encouragement is needed by all and they are looking to me to provide them with some redeeming news.
I think fast. Weigh the options. Consider that my husband will not be with us for dinner tonight. And make a momentary decision that will deliver both delight to the heart and good nutrition to the bodies of my dear little ones.
Granola is delicious on yogurt as well. And with a little fruit? Perhaps this will become tonight's dinner.