Homemade Granola, Take 1

Whew.  I’m feeling not overwhelmed, or stressed.  Just more like my ADD is getting the better of me.  I feel like running in a dozen different directions at full speed.  And I can’t.  Well, I can walk in a direction or two, but due to time/energy/money constraints, I can only casually stroll and window shop through most of my ideas.  I want to start planning my front yard garden, bake some fresh spelt bread, make almond milk, peanut butter, almond butter, yogurt, sprout some seeds, paint the chicken coop, organize all my favorite recipes and create pricing on them too, oh and clean the bathrooms.  One day it will all happen.  I’ll have the magic combo of resources.  But for now, I’ll just do what I can do.  Oh, forgot to mention, the renter that we had taking over our lease had dogs.  The house is a no pet house.  So the landlord denied his application.  Which leaves us where we were a bit over a week ago, poor.  But wasn’t that a fun ride?  We actually though we’d have money for Christmas.  Yeah.  Well.  We’ll see.  I still believe in miracles.  Especially at Christmas time.

This blog is a high priority on my list, for sure.  But so is cooking all this yummy food for my family.  I prepare it, serve it, take a picture, clean it all up and by then I’m pooped.  So I’m backlogged quite a bit now.  I have at least 5 different recipe posts to catch up on.  So expect some more food posts coming your way soon!

Here is a recipe I’ve been making once a week for the past few weeks.  It’s Coconut Granola.  I make a huge batch, serve it once to my kids by itself over milk, another time to them over yogurt with leftovers from another breakfast (like pancakes, waffles, french toast) and I eat it every morning.  It lasts just about a week.  I’ve made it with dried fruit, like currants, when I have them available.

I found this recipe here: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/coconut-granola/.  I make a quadruple batch for my family which makes 2 of the large canisters you see below.  My kids eat one of them to dust in just a morning.  The other goes to my meals and the “side dish” later in the week.  When I’m making my huge batch, I use an entire carton of old fashioned oats, an entire bag of shredded coconut and an entire bag of sliced almonds.  Then I end up having to add a bit more liquid (honey) in order to make it all balance out again.  But it works great.  I can’t wait to try another one of the recipes posted on their blog.  Fantastic!

Coconut Granola

Yield: About 5 cups granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seeds*
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • *dried fruit as desired*

*changed to ground flax seeds from pepitas, which I didn’t have around

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, almonds, flax seed, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut extract. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are well-coated.

3. Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread granola into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Let granola cool completely.  Add in dried fruit.  Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month.

Coconut GranolaGranola 1

Have a wonderful Tuesday!  I get to help out with my kids’ Joy School tomorrow.  But then, I have 3 days off!  Only me and the baby for 3 hours, 3 days in a row.  I.  Can’t.  Wait.

Ellowyn

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