We were incredibly blessed growing up by a talented cook of a mother who made delicious homemade meals seven days a week. But breakfast was always a bit of a gamble. Hot oatmeal (which I love) wasn’t worth the fight to get my brothers to eat it. Boxed cereal is full of sugar and expensive. We went through the muffin year and the year of bagels and toast. The one constant breakfast for the last 20 years is homemade granola. Amazing granola full of crispy bits and chewy chunks and honey and peanut butter. Everyone who tastes it loves it. Dad would eat it every morning if given the chance.
I, however, detested it morning after morning with every fiber of my being. I still can’t stomach even the smell of that granola, I avoided the house on granola-cooking day. It is a standing family joke to offer me that granola at breakfast or shove the container under my nose. C’mon Sarah, everyone loves it. Scrapes every bit out of their bowl. Takes home samples. Asks for the recipe.
I finally overcame my fear of granola when I found out that there are as many kinds of granola as there are people who make it. And last weekend my sister-in-law Tabithah had a big beautiful jar of it out for breakfast one morning. Ryan and I ate huge bowls and insisted on getting the recipe.
I made a few adjustments to her recipe when I made it. Both versions are so good I sneak handfuls whenever I can justify a snack.
Stir together:4 cups oats (I used these for the bigger texture than regular rolled) 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup coconut 1 T cinnamon 2 T flax meal 1 t salt a good pinch of cardamom
melt until combined:1/3 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup real maple syrup 1/4 cup butter 1 t vanilla
Mix it all together and spread it out on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 to 4 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes to the desired crunchiness. I like it crunchier, Ryan likes it with a bit of chew, so we compromise in the middle.
Collecting the ingredients
Spread it out to bake and make your house smell amazing.
And then you have granola, making a easy breakfast for Ryan on the mornings I don’t have time to make him eggs or something. (And another sneaky way to get him to drink raw milk)