Granola – best recipe ever right here!
I know, I know, I know …
Almost two years ago we gave up watching TV and now have rid the house of all sugary cereals … and we are sharing a recipe for, eh, Granola??? Yes – and it is the BEST GRANOLA – ever!
Next thing you know we will be going Gluten Free or develop an intolerance to red wine…….ha ha ha – you know that will never happen in this house!
I can totally take the credit for this one. It all started this past Easter.
Ron came home from work one day over Easter break and the kids were hassling him for yet another Easter egg. They had received a boat load from friends and family and you know how kids are, they will not stop until it is all gone.
So, in one fell swoop, he opened the lid of the trash can and popped the entire amount of leftover Easter eggs and all other crap – in the bin.
The kids did not speak to us for a week. They were so mad.
We had both just had enough to be honest. We kinda made the decision there and then that if anyone else, friends, family or foe wanted to feed them crap, in their homes, it was totally fine with us, but no more at Chez Wise.
Of course, in order to make this work, he had to cut a deal with them. From then on, the only treats they were allowed to eat at home were ones they made themselves or something their father made/baked for them.
Since then, they have bled me dry buying ingredients for ice cream, cookies and cakes. They can all bake at least one recipe each and will master the ice-cream maker by this time next year.
Once school got out for the summer, and me with a few months of leisure time staring me in the face, I decided to take it one step further with the elimination of crappy cereals from their diets.
Now, I was never one for buying that much crap. They love Oatmeal and Weetabix, but there was still plenty of Shreddies and other sugary filled boxes of pure shite making its way into the shopping trolley every week. The only thing they never ate was ‘Mom’s granola’
So, I told them, for the summer, the only cereal we would have in the house was ‘mom’s granola’.
Now, as we prepare for them to go back to school, this week on Thursday, they have just finished helping me make ‘our granola’ and wouldn’t you know it … they love it.
I hope you do too!
- 140 g / 5oz Jumbo Oat Flakes
- 100 g / 3.5oz Rye Flakes
- 100 g / 3.5oz Barley Flakes
- 100 g / 3.5oz Sesame Seeds
- 300 g / 10oz Mixed Nuts (chopped roughly: Macadamia, Brazil, Pistachio, Almonds, Walnuts)
- 100 g / 3.5oz Shaved Coconut
- 40 g / 1.5oz Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 60 ml / 2oz Honey
- 60 ml /2oz Agave or Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 100 g/ 3.5oz dried fruit, chopped: Apricots, dates, sour cherries
- 2 egg whites, beaten until light and fluffy
- Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper and heat the oven to 150c / 300F.
- Put the coconut oil and salt and honey/syrup in a small pan and allow to melt on a medium heat. Take off the heat an set aside for a minute.
- Mix all the dry ingredients, except for the fruit, in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour in the honey/oil mixture and mix ensuring it is well distributed.
- Beat the egg whites until they are nice and fluffy then add into the granola mixture.
- Spread it out on the baking sheet and bale for 1 hour, mixing and string it every fifteen minutes.
- If it looks like it is turning a darker shade of brown quicker than you want, then your oven is too hot. Turn it down. The key to granola turning out perfect, is the egg whites for extra crunch and the low, slow heat.
- BE PATIENT.
- Leave to cool on the baking tracy for an hour or more.
- Add in chopped dried fruit when the granolas has cooled.
- Store in an airtight container.
We like to make this recipe in large quantities (just multiply by 4) and then I mix it with a box of Kelkin Buckwheat cereal flakes. This gives me about four or five large Ziplock freezer bags full which usually lasts about a month.
The kids are not allowed bring nuts to school, due to allergies etc. so I’ll be making sure they have a nice bowl of this at least a coupe of mornings a week with a banana chopped into it and a nice dollop of natural yoghurt on top.
Soon happy they are going back to school this week!
Let me know if you have a favourite recipe for Granola? Are you ready to throw out the sugary cereals?
Thats it for now … ’tis long past my bedtime.
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