Grab the Granola

granola

Much of my recent baking has included rolled oats.  Never gravitated towards oatmeal for breakfast, never could get used to the texture.  I began to feel that I was eliminating a great healthy ingredient that I somehow knew I could incorporate into other dishes and meals since my all-time favorite thing to bake and eat were oatmeal cookies!

I had a vague idea of what granola was but just recently discovered that it is a combination of ingredients that make up the “dish” called granola.  Here’s the Wikipedia definition:

Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey, and sometimes puffed rice, that is usually baked until crisp. During the baking process the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal-type consistency. Dried fruits, such as raisins and dates, and confections such as chocolate are sometimes added.

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This is definitely a dish I could recreate it in my own kitchen!  What cemented the idea for me was an article on my editor’s page, Family Entertainment Media, about toasting rolled oats and adding it to yogurt.  Now my editor is an amazing, multi-talented individual but cooking and recipe creating is not something she is passionate about so if she made it and published an article about it, it passed the test for me.  I copied, tried, and enhanced the idea!  Thanks, Judith!

This granola is salty/sweet, has a wonderful crunchy texture and is a healthy, make-at-home, have-control-over, snack!  I also plan to start baking with it as an ingredient in bread or cookies; that will come soon.

Golden rolled oats, being toasted in butter.

Golden rolled oats, being toasted in butter.

Irish butter from "grass-fed" cows! Yay!

Irish butter from “grass-fed” cows! Yay!

Great nuts for great granola from Trader Joe's.

Great nuts for great granola from Trader Joe’s.

Toasted to perfection!

Toasted to perfection!

The recipe.

Granola

Ingredients

1 T butter
3 C rolled oats
¼ C almonds
¼ C sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
3 T honey
Dash of salt

Process:  in a large, shallow pan, melt the butter; add rolled oats and nuts then toast slowly over low flame care not to scorch.  This process can take about 25-30 minutes to fully cook the oats.  Once browned, add the honey and salt and stir to distribute.  Remove from heat and let cool; store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Home made granola and raisins, now that's yum!

Home made granola and raisins, now that’s yum!


Quick Post: Super Carrots

Super Carrots  Super Carrots

Had to post this easy, quick, on-the-fly recipe for a carrot spin.

I minced up garlic and added a sprinkle and a drizzle of the following:  oregano, coriander and honey.

Mixed these together, rubbed on the carrots (and potatoes) and roasted for 25 minutes in a 400 F degree oven.

Got some super carrots (and potatoes)!

Feeling brave and venturing out by mixing flavors.  Nice!

Super Carrots