Saturday, March 29, 2008

It's better homemade

Mary Claire's dad came to visit today, and we all ended up spending a lot of time in the kitchen tuning guitar strings, baking cookies, making granola and talking about Anne of Green Gables. The granola was a mix of what I had on hand, because I've been trying to use up what's in the pantry before the year ends and I'm left with a pound of flax seeds that are too old to save through another summer. Flax seeds are usually hard for me. I used to have to drink flax seed oil before bed, and I just don't like the taste, but in this granola they're a dutifully healthy and mellow addition.

I made the granola without measuring anything, but if I had to guess, it went something like this:

Granola, revamp of June 2006 recipe

2 cups of rolled oats
1/8 cup flax seeds
1/8 cup chopped walnuts
long drop of honey
similar drop of canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all this up (with your hands! no spoon!), spread it out on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and bake it for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You should check on it, though, because I'm not even sure how long I baked it - I was trying to remember the name of Anne's best friend (Diana). The granola won't be crunchy when you take it out of the oven, but just let it rest for 15 minutes, and it'll be perfect. Then you can add dried cranberries, dates, apricots, and anything else you like.


Anonymous said...

This looks delicious.
I plan on making something roughly equivalent asap.

Anonymous said...

I made this last night, only substituted sunflower and pumpkin seeds instead of flax seeds. Delish! But I should have trusted you with "drop" of honey...I put a little too much since I'm used to unsweetened granolas. Otherwise gorgeous tho, and very filling!

Leah said...

Wonderful! I'm so glad you did. And listen, my directions were not the clearest. Here's a version of the recipe that I've made a bunch of times:

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup almond slivers
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup wheat bran

If you ever want to make it again, that's a good solid recipe to start with, and then you can play around from there.

miss tse said...

I love granola and I have the same container!

Anonymous said...

this looks sooo good, thanks for making it!!

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