July 24

I like granola.

When I was a little girl my dad’s sister, Aunt Marty, tried to extol the virtues of granola, carob, and bean curd to a 9 year old who doesn’t really care about gross stuff like that. Bring on the chocolate, baby!!!

Now that I am much older and wiser, I find that granola isn’t half bad. In fact, it is delicious! It is fairly healthy too. Making my own makes me feel like a hippy. I feel like I need to have long hair, wear mis-matched clothing and stop shaving. I could never be a hippy. I can’t stand carob, tofu, mismatched clothing or prickly armpits.

I get almost giddy at making something myself for less than half the cost of store bought, and tastes better too. I like foiling the system! biggrin.gif I like being a rebel.

Making granola is so easy. It just takes a long time to bake.

This is what you do. ~~Check out the recipe over to the side~~.

Make sure you have everything. You can make substitutions and even add in dry fruit after you bake it, but I am not a fan of dried fruit. I like to add fresh to mine.

In a VERY large bowl, put 6 cups of oats~~not the quick kind~~

Some slivered almonds

cashew bits~~my favorite nut,~~

sunflower seeds

and oat bran.

Mix well.

Doesn’t that look wonderful? I almost feel guilty liking something this good for me.

Almost. I do like broccoli, too.

In another bowl~~dontcha just love this little bowl? It is so cute, so homey, so old fashioned…sigh…sorry~~mix oil, maple syrup,

vanilla~~again, I don’t measure vanilla~~

and salt. Stir a bit to combine everything.

Pour into your oats. You need a very large bowl for this, because you have to

stir and stir and mix and fold till everything is coated.

It should look like this, and you will be able to arm wrestle a NFL defensive back when you are finished and win.

Then you divide it into 2 pans. I generally make this in 2 large jelly roll pans, but since we are using our summer kitchen, they don’t fit.

These do nicely in a pinch. I just have to bake them 15 minutes longer.

Into the oven it goes.

Set your handy-dandy timer for 15 minutes.

Stir when your timer goes off. Do this for at least an hour and 15 minutes.

When it is done, cool it. It will be all crisp and brown.

Store it in an airtight container.

You can eat it on ice cream, ~~I prefer hot fudge on my ice cream~~or sprinkled over yogurt.

Me, I will stick to eating it with flavored coffee creamer. Vanilla Toffee Carmel to be exact. I am still being healthy. It is granola after all! Go make some today. Be healthy, or at least pretend to be and eat some over yogurt.

Do you like tofu?

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16 thoughts on “July 24”

  1. Yes, I like tofu, granola, carob, soy milk, rice milk, etc., etc., etc. And, as an aside, your armpits are only prickly if you shave them. If you stop, they are not prickly after about a week. πŸ˜‰ The recipe is lovely. I love to make granola, too. I also like Swiss Meusli, which is fresh, you don’t bake it. πŸ˜€

  2. LOVE granola. The recipe looks great!

    WHY aren’t you using that beautiful Kitchen Aide stand mixer for this?

    Ooohhh. . . so you can arm wrestle an NFL defensive back. What was I thinking? Hopefully it’ll be one of the better looking ones, and not one with hair sticking out of his helmet in odd places and teeth missing.

  3. Thank you for the recipe. I’ll have to write this down and try it some time. I think that I would like it in my yogurt – I’ve liked the flax in it as well. Could you put flax in the granola as well?

    I have no desire to wrestle an NFL player but to do so w/hubby πŸ˜€ and win. 😎

  4. I’m Asian, I grew up eating tofu! Hahaha! Ginny’s comment about the armpit cracks me up, but I second her motion. ;P The recipe looks yummy. I might do it, and then coat it with chocolate icing (like the ones you use in brownies) to make it somewhat chocolate coated granolas. I love chocolates, one of the reasons I came to this blog. Your username was too irresistible!

  5. I like tofu… but it pretty much just takes on the flavor of whatever else you’re making. I usually just use it when I’m making a stir-fry.

    I HAVE to try that granola—looks amazing! However, I must admit, I like chocolate chips in my granola πŸ™‚

  6. I tried tofu once….. never again!

    Maybe I just didn’t cook it right, however I can no longer eat it, so I’m not even going to try to learn the right way.

  7. Yum. I do make our granola a little different. No cashews here. A very bad smell comes from Rebekah after she eats those. Aren’t you glad you have friends who can share like that?

    I dry my granola in the dehydrator.

    Anyhoo, no I do not like tofu, but the smoothie tofu kind, hidden in a shake with no hot fudge is good. πŸ™‚

  8. Looks yummy and healthy! Might have to try that for hubby…he loves granola. (we don’t like cardbo…tofu either) πŸ˜‰

  9. Never tasted tofu. Don’t wanna. Never been one much for healthy stuff. Uncle Jerry used to try to get me to try carob and also goats milk. No Thanks. I will just stick to my chocolate and stuff.

  10. Wow…I like granola also…but you yell at me for crunching ice….(yes I know it’s bad :)). Hmmm what would you do if I were crunching granola…..;-)

    Honestly…looking at your pictures as you added each ingredient…..It was very pleasing to the eye. Quite artful if you know what I mean….

    I like Miso soup….does that count?

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