My first attempt ever to make granola. Why has it taken me so long? Its super easy & so much better tasting, knowing it came out of my own kitchen.
I always have old-fashioned oats in my pantry. In fact I’ve eaten oatmeal almost every weekday morning for the past two years straight. I like to add yogurt, fruit & nuts to mine. There’s so many ways to enjoy it. So much so, I felt like I was getting a little tired of my easy breakfast go to.
I got turned on to granola last Christmas, when my brother & his family sent us some homemade granola. They live in Montana where they raise bee’s & harvest their own honey. It didn’t last long in our house. During the time we enjoyed it, I wondered why I’ve never had the urge to make this stuff…. until now…
I had a lot of raw nuts on hand & this is a great way to use them all up. This batch has: Whole oats, pepitas, (raw pumpkin seeds) & raw slivered almonds. In goes the honey. (This is a jar from our Uncle in Tallahassee.)
I added just enough honey to moisten everything. Not too much…
I toasted it at 350 degrees for about 25 min., checking periodically. I had some leftover toasted cashews & sesame seeds from my Simple Asian Salad that I added to the mix, along with soft golden raisins. Holy cow, man… this really turned me onto something new to have around to snack on without all the guilt. I can’t wait to get creative with it next go round. A little bit of this with yogurt & fresh fruit is my new favorite way to enjoy breakfast with oats, again.
For Christmas, my beautiful amazing sister sent me this bowl she made with her very own hands. I knew I had to make something I could serve out of it to show off it’s pristine beauty. To her, it reminds her of coffee foam, the detailing outside the rim. To me, I think it’s a gift from her heart. So good…
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup raw slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/8 cup raw sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup fresh local clover honey
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except raisins & toast in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes. Checking periodically & stirring to incorporate even toasting.