Making My Own Granola

Asthmagirl has become quite fond of topping her morning berries and yogurt with granola. If finally occurred to her, that as careful as she was with her berries and yogurt, she wasn't entirely sure what was in her granola.... but it sure tasted good!

Thus began some research and experimentation and at last, a loose protocol for how to make reasonably healthy granola. And it couldn't be easier.

It goes something like this:

3 cups organic oats (not quick oats)

1/2 cup flax seed

1/2 cup organic oat bran

1 cup chopped nuts (Asthmagirl currently has hazelnuts due to last summers travels)

Spices (Asthmagirl is using fresh ground nutmeg as well as cardamom and Saigon cinnamon)

At least a 1/2 cup of honey

At least a 1/4 cup of very light olive oil.

Once you've mixed your dry ingredients, simply add the honey and olive oil and stir...

The more fluid you add, the more of the little flavor nuggets you get as the moisture picks up the flax seeds and oat bran. So you can easily make adjustments in this stage depending on how dry you like your granola.

Then spread your lovely granola on a baking pan. I use a silicone baking sheet, but you could use parchment paper as well. Bake at 300 for 30 minutes. Your house will be smelling terrific! Give it a stir and bake for another 15 minutes.

Hello toasty, yummy goodness!

Just so you know, the granola must cool to get it's crisp on. It will still be soft when you remove it from the oven. This stores well in ziplock bags, so even though it's a good sized batch, it's still yummy a week later!

There are always variables to what you can add. I've read that this is awesome with unsweetened cocoanut flakes, but that's not really my thing.

I've also read that adding dried fruits ala raisins, dried cranberries, dates, dried apples etc, should be done as soon as your granola comes out of the oven. Do not bake those!

So there you have it. Pretty darn healthy granola that tastes pretty darn good! It's too back this blog isn't scratch and sniff because my whole house smells amazing right now!