Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In the Kitchen

I thought I would share a favorite recipe today.  My neighbor shared this recipe for granola years ago, when we decided to make breakfast baskets for Christmas gifts.  I made up some pancake mix to include in the gift. (I should look for that recipe and share it, too.  I think it originated with my cousin. Isn't it fun how recipes come with their own histories?)

I  make this in batches and store it in a couple of mason jars. I sprinkle it on yogurt mixed with fresh fruit, which I try to have all cut up and ready to go in the fridge.  My husband likes fresh fruit on his cereal and I put it on green salads sometimes.

Here's the recipe:

Nancy's Granola

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup dry nonfat milk
¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
¼ cup honey
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine oats, flour, sugar, almonds walnuts, powdered milk, sunflower seeds and salt in a 13x9x2” metal baking pan.

Whisk vegetable oil, water, honey, and vanilla in medium bowl to blend. Add to dry ingredients in the pan and stir to coat well. Bake until golden and crunchy, stirring frequently, about 45 minutes or until golden brown. I set the timer for 15 minutes at a time to stir and check it. Cool completely.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container (a Ziploc bag, canning jar or Tupperware container).  Makes 4 cups.


Dewena said...

This sounds so good! I've never made granola, I can imagine how much better it must taste. And the story behind the recipe makes any recipe better. That's why I love cookbooks that are more than just recipes. Got to have that story too.

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

I love granola and keep wanting to try making it. It looks delicious. I will have to give in and try your recipe. It's time.

Mari said...

I love homemade granola! I keep mine in a Ziploc bag, never thought of a Ball jar, but I'm going to try it!

Melinda said...

Sounds yummy!
I bet it is good in yogurt!

M : )

Dianna said...

This sounds really good, Karen. I'll have to give it a try. Our jar of the last granola I made is just about gone. I have been taking some pears I canned, putting two halves in a bowl, fill the center of each half with my homemade yogurt and then sprinkle the granola on top of the yogurt. It really seems to satisfy me through the mornings. Your strawberries in this picture look SO good!

Mildred said...

I have been wanting a good granola recipe. Thanks so much. I wish you a very nice weekend.

Susanne said...

This sounds so good!