OK, I lied. I couldn’t keep away from this blog for a whole week! I didn’t even make it a whole day! I have another post to make after this one. I need to show off my sweet little buddy, Gia! After that though… ZIP. Nada. Zilch. No more talky talky. (We’ll see) ANYWAY
My favorite breakfast lately has been strawberry yogurt topped with granola. Delicious! The only problem is that packaged granola is very expensive. To make matters worse, there is a certain man in the household who can plow through a box of granola in record time, making this very expensive grocery item disappear fast! Lucky for my pocketbook that I can be a very industrious woman when it comes to saving some dime. I found some simple granola recipes and after a few batches I perfected this all-around delicious blend of oats, honey and sesame. Dried fruit would be a great addition to this recipe. Just toss in 1/4 cup of your favorite dried fruit along with the oats and seeds. It is so easy to prepare that I cannot imagine ever going back to buying pre-made. The only problem now is that Mr. S. Bobleo seems to think he has his own personal granola factory. He likes this granola more than the store bought!
Honey Says Me Granola
4 cups Rolled Oats or Plain Oatmeal
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 cup Olive Oil
1/8 cup Vegetable Oil
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil (the stinky Chinese kind)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/8 cup Honey
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients. In a second, smaller bowl, stir together wet ingredients. Mix them well, then pour the mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix the granola very well so that all the oats are coated. Spread the mixture evenly over a baking sheet. Bake for ten minutes. Remove from oven and flip the granola over using a spatula. Bake for another ten minutes or until golden brown. Let the granola cool completely before bagging it up. It will get crunchier, the cooler it becomes.
PS – Our friend, Mr. Sharp was making fun of me (while stuffing his mouth with delicious homemade granola) that I’ve gone past hippie status. “Even hippies buy granola”, he said. Apparently I’ve gone past granola by making granola? Does that make me like… Wheatgerm?