I wanted to do this yesterday but the wind! We are in the middle of a big wind storm, up to 120 kph (70 mph). I had to buy groceries because I have none of the basics since moving into my house. I had to hold the trunk of my car open with one hand and use the other to haul in bags and bags of groceries.
Then the fire truck and ambulance and police stopped next door. The wind blew my neighbour's 40 year old fir tree down on the power line. So we were without power for about 3 hours. Even when we regained service my desire to cook passed and I settled down to taco chips and salsa verde.
And then this is all that was left of a 40 year old tree. Sad. Just think...it could have been one of my trees! Welcome to the neighbourhood! And I was looking for quiet, no excitement, peaceful....lol.
Sometimes I add coconut, any nuts, raisins or dried cherries. Sometimes I don't even toast the nuts in advance. I just add them to the oatmeal. I like to buy my walnuts at Lina's Italian market when I am in Calgary. They are in bulk and always so fresh.
Honey will make better clumps than maple syrup. One thing I never do is put the dried fruits in the oven. They are much better added at the end. Store the granola in a tight container in the cupboard for up to a month.
Sarah's Homemade Granola
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons wheat bran
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey, at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 3/4 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries, cranberries or raisins