Monday, May 3, 2010


Granola. It's not that hard to make and there are probably a zillion variations. I found this one years ago in the Harrowsmith Cookbook - a Canadian classic - tweaking it somewhat.

Once when the boys were little and enjoying a granola breakfast outside at the picnic table, a thirty-something woman carrying a clipboard walked up the drive.
"I'm taking a shopping survey," she said, "could you answer some questions about your grocery shopping?"

It quickly became apparent I didn't fit the mold. I made most everything from scratch, didn't buy pop, chips, bread, mixes or ready-made anything other than spaghetti sauce and frozen vegetables. And at the time, I was making the boys brush their teeth with baking soda.

"Breakfast cereals?" she continued, naming off a list of popular boxed cold breakfast cereals.
"Well, none, unless it's vacation."
She stopped and stared over at the little men chowing down.
And that's when Fun piped up in his little squeaky voice,
eat granilla!"
"You do?!" She seemed shocked and perplexed - as if dropped onto another planet. "You make granola?! I guess you really don't fit my survey."
"I guess."

  • 6 cups of large flake oatmeal
  • 1 cup wheat flakes or rapid-cook oatmeal
  • 1 cup rye flakes
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup or more or less or none dried fruit, your choice. I used dates here.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla

Mix all the dry ingredients together, except the dried fruit.
Add the dried fruit after baking otherwise it will harden too much.
Rapid-cook oatmeal approximates the flake size of wheat flakes. It doesn't matter which one you use. I started using rapid cook oatmeal when out of wheat flakes. If you have neither, use large flake oats and rough them up in a bag bringing them down to the size and appearance of rapid-cook oatmeal.
Mix all the wet ingredients together.

Dump the dry ingredients into an oiled baking pan. I use my roasting pan.
Add in the wet ingredients and stir mixing well.

Pop into preheated 300 F oven and bake x 35 minutes.
Stir frequently.

When it's golden, remove and let cool.
Add the fruit when cooled.
This makes approximately 14 cups of cereal.
Add milk and eat like any other cold cereal or sprinkle over yogurt.


philippa said...

That's a funny story. I would cause the survey lady the same kind of problems, even though I haven't made granola in a little while. Making my own laundry detergent, deodorant, lingerie and yoghurt is sufficiently different from the norm!

Mental P Mama said...

Yum city!

Gill - That British Woman said...

that looks so good, and pretty easy to make.


Annie said...

graNILLA... haha so cute :D

Anonymous said...

I have the same opinion with most of your points, but a few need to be discussed further, I will hold a small talk with my partners and perhaps I will look for you some advice soon.

- Henry