So, I saw this post and this post a while ago and read the NY times article and thought...hey! I can do that too. I have always been a fan of exorbitantly expensive granola, and it was time to save some money and make my own.
Here's Beck's tribute to my species, "Nitemare Hippy Girl":
The idea of homemade granola came from the restaurant up the street, Stone Soup. I used to have Thursday mornings off, and I went there after my morning jog. Walked in and was FLOORED by the delicious smell...they had just pulled the granola out of the oven. I ordered some with fruit and yogurt and kid, it was STILL WARM. Yum!!
So here is my version, based on about 6 different recipes. I used canola oil here, but will probably try the olive oil versions at some point. This is actually really easy! It makes your house smell wonderful and is a great thing to make on a chilly fall weekend while drinking a cup of coffee and reading the paper :
Lini's adapted homemade granola:
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup pumpkin seeds (inner part) (or sunflower seeds or any kind of nuts, etc) unsalted
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup honey
scant 1/4 cup oil
1 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries, but feel free to try raisins, apricots, anything)
**all nuts and fruit are fluid--mix and match, you can also replace the honey with maple syrup
1. Mix the oats and nuts in a bowl
2. Measure and pour oil into bowl
3. Measure honey in the same, unwashed cup. The oil helps the honey exit the cup.
4. Toss everything together and put in a pan with sides
5. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, turning it with a spatula once or twice during cooking.
6. When it is finished cooking, let it cool a bit, then add your dried fruit. Stir a few times to make sure it doesn't clump too much.
7. Store in an airtight container (and enjoy!)
Yeah! In fancy glasses with strawberries...
I take it to work too, though it gets soggy.