There are few things that bring me more joy than making from scratch something that is super yummy, super healthy and super respectful of the place and people that the ingredients come from.
On a daily basis I cannot achieve all three things but I try. I really try and when I come close I feel at peace. When my son eats what I have made and says “yummy mommy!” this is the description of pure bliss.
I made granola last night and miraculously it turned out to be a thumbs up breakfast this morning. Granola always seems a bit of a naughty cereal in our house because it has loads of sugar in it even if it isn’t the refined kind. Usually its just plain cereal like Cheerios and milk/soy milk. The sweet and crunchy combo is quite a delight for us weekday breakfast puritans.
I have no real recipe to share. I am an undisciplined baker that likes to make things up and completely substitute half of the ingredients in recipes so I threw in
dried coconut, blueberries, apricots, and cranberries
pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds
into a big bowl. I find that mostly oats with equal amounts of all the other ingredients works well.I add a 1/4 cup of Camelina oil (which is supposed to be better for you than olive oil and made in Canada, which seems too good to be true) and a 1/2 cup or a little more of honey. Baked it in the oven at 350 for about 40 mins. I always burn granola so I would recommend maybe a bit lower for a longer period of time.
I made enough to last us probably two weeks and I know exactly what is in it. It is super healthy and super yummy. Since most of the ingredients came from SaveOn Foods delivered not in bulk I admit to failure on the goal of being super respectful of the place and people the ingredients came from. To take it to the next step I can:
- Buy the ingredients in bulk next time in reusable containers or bags
- Dehydrate my own fruit…although this seems like a far away possibility considering I do not yet possess a food dehydrator!
- Purchase local ingredients. For example there is a vendor at our local farmers market in Coquitlam that sells fresh hazelnuts…next time the granola will have hazelnuts…the most tempting nut of them all in my opinion!
If you are looking for a professional opinion on granola you can’t go wrong with Amy Chaplin’s here http://amychaplin.com/2009/07/31/out-of-the-city-granola/
From Dana at Minimalist Baker who wows me with a recipe for quinoa granola…seriously this woman is a force of baking nature….http://minimalistbaker.com/7-ingredient-quinoa-granola/
If you really like granola and love food history like I do…you will like this http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cereals/granola-girl-cereal.asp