Breakfast

Granola cereal

I’ve tried to make granola bars in the past.  I had found a recipe with excellent flavor but it was so sticky I had to eat it out of a cup.  So, when 100 Days of Real Food recently referenced her 4/4/10 blog post with this granola recipe, I was so excited to make it, I immediately went out and bought the ingredient I didn’t already have on hand.  It was short, the only thing I didn’t have in my cupboard was pumpkin seeds.  That’s my kind of shopping list!

It was so easy, the kids and I made it together.  My 7-year-old read the recipe to me and they took turns dumping the ingredients into the bowl.  I’m thinking this will be a good replacement for the Kashi-type cereals and granola bars I stopped buying but kinda miss eating.

photo (87) The only part I did by myself was the part involving the stove top.  Incidentally, I have a public safety announcement.  When a recipe calls for you to drizzle a melted concoction over the dry ingredients, be sure to turn off the burner before you do your drizzling.  If you forget to turn off the burner, don’t put your hot pad on top of the burner.

photo (88)
This picture is taken post-son yelling “smoke,” post-throwing my favorite oven mitt in the sink, post-turning on the fan, post-opening the window (it’s 16 degrees out), and post-racing heart.  Actually, the fan is still running and the window is still open.  I usually put my hot pads on the counter instead of on the stove top for this exact reason.  Wouldn’t you know, the one time I did it…  So, learn your lesson through me!

Ingredients

  • 3.5 c rolled oats
  • 1 c almonds
  • 1 c cashews
  • .5 c sunflower seeds
  • .5 c pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp ground ginger
  • .5 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • .5 cup honey or maple syrup (I used clover honey)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • .5 tsp salt
  • parchment paper

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  • Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper (I used the largest one I had which was about 13’x15′)
  • Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat the butter and honey in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
  • TURN OFF THE BURNER!
  • Pour the butter & honey mixture over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  • Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
  • Bake for 75 minutes.  Stir every 20 minutes or so to keep it from burning.
  • The granola will become crisp as it cools.

Variations

  • I’ve given you almost the exact recipe as what’s on the website.  It’s so nummy, I kept sneaking tastes as I took it out to stir.  The only ingredient I didn’t use was coconut.  If you’re a coconut fan, have at it!
  • I may add some raisins or craisins next time.
  • I wonder if flaxseed would be a good addition?

One thought on “Granola cereal

  1. this sounds yummy:) I can never get a good granola bar recipe to stick together and love cereal, so I think I will try this. Oh my, I did something similar once when I had a blanket around me stirring something on the stove…I saw smoke and I pulled the blanket off, lol.

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