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.