Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cassandria's Granola

My mom is an amazing cook. She's an artist so I think her food is like her art. She just creates. She doesn't have recipes. If you ask her for a recipe she usually comes up empty-handed because she just made it up. But, I've asked her to write some of them down for me. The first recipe I have is her granola. I love it so much that it's dangerous especially when Stoneyfield Farms Vanilla yogurt is involved.


6 cups oats

1-2 cups mixture of chopped nuts and seeds (e.g. walnuts, pecans, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup honey

In a saucepan combine sugar, vanilla, oil and honey. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. In a large bowl mix oats and the mixture of nuts/seeds. Pour the warm sugar mixture over the oat mixture. Stir well. Spread out into a roasting pan or jelly roll pan.
Slowly bake at 275 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir, bake another 10-20 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burned edges. Remove from oven and place pan on a baking rack to cool. Stir frequently while granola is cooling to avoid clumps.
If you want to add raisins to the granola, add them after the granola has cooled.


amber hawkins warren said...

How do you eat your granola? As cereal with milk? Or just plain by the handfuls? I want a good cereal one that is nice and this good for that? If so I am totally making it.

Anna said...

You can have it with milk but I like it with yogurt. It is nice and crunchy. Sometimes I just eat it by the handful because it's just that good.

amber hawkins warren said...

Made it - love it. It's so good! And so easy to make. Do you know the nutritional/fat content in a 1/2 cup serving? I could probably figure it out...but just wondered if you knew. Thanks for the great recipe!