My dear friend Richard typed up his granola recipe for me. I have been wanting to make granola. Making my own granola means I can control the ingredients and flavors. Here’s the Recipe.
Big Mixing bowl
A couple of good sized measuring cups – one for wet and one for dry
Baking sheets. – jellyroll pan
Measuring spoons, rubber spatula, big metal spatula
- 5-6 Cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tsp whole grain flours such as buckwheat flour, wild rice flour, rye or corn flour or as an alternative wheat germ and whole bran.
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Start with the oats add coconut, cornmeal, buckwheat flour, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon mix in the large bowl.
- In a measuring cup mix:
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup vegetable oil (half that amount if your diet requires less fat)
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- scant 1/4 cup of honey
- scant 1/4 cup of dark or blackstrap molasses
- scant 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- scant 1/4 cup of brown sugar
Richard notes that you can use whatever combinations of sweetners you choose. Agave, Birch tree syrup (Alaska), sorghum syrup, pomegranate molasses, dates syrup…
Mix together the wet ingredients. Then add to dry ingredients using a utensil to mix it all together.
I used only one jellyroll pan and lined it with parchment paper.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees to bake the granola for 30 to 45 minutes
Mix the granola every 15 minutes during the bake. I used a spatula to shift it gently around the pan. Making sure that the bottom layers made it to the top is primary to no burned bottom layer.
Halfway through you can add 1 cup of pecans, walnuts or other nuts.
Remove from oven and let it cool. Store in a glass container and enjoy.
BEE🐝 careful when using honey – as an ingredient it browns beautifully, but also can burn easily.
WCCO Pond Hockey picture 2019
Pond Hockey Story about my friend Charles
Friday and it’s get ‘er done day in the food department. Just put a batch of granola together while talking to a long time friend from California. Catching up on the news and talking about the Minnesota pond hockey tournament that is going on here on Lake Minnetonka.
It started Friday and went on all weekend. It is a National Event that included a game between NHL Veterans during the weekend! (I like Ice Hockey)
My friend and I grew up in New England. During this call he was telling me stories of how he used to play ice hockey everyday in winter after school on the pond near his house. He speaks with so much excitement and enthusiasm while remembering those carefree days. The story continued about one young kid that he and his friends used to tease and rough up.
Five years later, my friend was in the hospital paralyzed from a terrible encounter during a break in his apartment. The “kid’ now grown up, came to visit him in the hospital, The kid had become a champion college hockey player and went on to play in the NHL.
My friend had played college football and would never walk again. His enthusiasm for sports is alive and well. He remains as ever engaged in life and his community as an activist never letting his disability stand in his way.
Sports are good for kids in so many ways. In New England, girls grew up playing sports. There was no sitting on the sidelines. From field hockey, gymnastics, basketball, softball, volleyball, archery, you name it, I played it. As it happened we lived right on a pond too. I learned to skate at five years old. I remember my first day on the ice with my brand new skates. I took to skating. As a kid I dreamed of becoming an ice skater while devotedly watching the Olympic ice skaters. It was inspiring. My dream was not in the stars, as they say. But I fondly remember my days skating on the pond.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen!