Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hippie kids like Granola...

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.


tommie said...

That looks so good! We go through granola quickly.....snack, with yogurt, and just as cereal with milk. I think I have all this stuff....I know what I will be making this week.

Jenn said...

I love that you served it in fancy glasses. I've been toying with the idea of making my own granola. Why I haven't done it, I don't know. I love granola, too. I love it with yogurt.

doggybloggy said...

yo, that looks good - and here's a tip - keep the granola out of the wet stuff until you are ready - result: not soggy - just throwin' my two cents in!

TavoLini said...

Tommie--it is so easy--I have no idea why I haven't been making it all along.

Jenn--I love the "fancy glasses" too. My mom always used to make pudding and set it up in fancy glasses :)

Doggy--smart! Yeah, I've got it in the baggies in the background of the pic. I just thought I'd eat it right away, but didn't end up getting a break until noon. Soggy city.

Marjie said...

I've been meaning to try making granola, and one of these years I will. Life gets in the way of my plans, you know? Yours looks great with strawberries (which are out of season and therefore flown in here, and completely lack flavor...whine, whine, whine).

The Blonde Duck said...

The song works perfectly with the recipes!

TavoLini said...

Marjie--Those were the last few good ones, the rest were sliced and frozen. Ah, the end of a season...

Blonde--thanks :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am definitely making this! you make it look so delicious and very easy. I can't wait to smell it fromt he oven.

Glad you liked the Creole...try the jambalya recipe too and you will see why the hoemgirl said it was different ;-)

buffalodick said...

I think Yogi Bear called it "Nuts and Berries", and preferred "Pic-can-ic" food... :)

TavoLini said...

Katherine--I will! :D

Buffalo--oh, you can take granola on a pic-a-nic, too ;)

Anonymous said...

Such a delicious granola, yummy with pumpkin seeds!

girlichef said...

Oh my gosh...still warm granola...this hippie girls bliss!

Karine said...

Your granola sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing:)

pinknest said...

Mmmm....homemade, toasty granola! Love it. And your adorable parfaits. Gimme.