Monday, April 27, 2015

Homemade Granola!

We may have more hours of sunlight in our lives, but there was no denying that lovely orb's descent towards the horizon.  After a day of client drafting, kid drop-off and pick-up, delivery and supervision of kiddo swim lessons, and a dinner to prepare, I found myself starring at the wall calendar.  Circled in red, April 28th, Class Snack.  Yes, after a full day I still need to prep 22 snacks for a kindergarten class room.  "Rooster [not his real name] do you mind if I skip making the banana-chocolate chip muffins and go with, easier?"  Thankfully he was not overly wedded to the muffins and agreed.  Pushover Mama you think?  No, just a realistic one, trying to conserve energy and avoid the irrational temper of a tired and hungry 6 year old.  Success - the muffins are not a must!  But no what?  A quick scan of the pantry revealed homemade granola was doable, and thanks to the recipe of a dear friend, easy as pie!

This will make a double recipe (just enough for 22 plastic ziplock "snack" bags:

  • mix 9 cups old-fashioned oats and 1 cup nuts (we used sliced almonds and pecans today)
  • in a small sauce pan heat and mix 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice, 1/2 cup maple syrup (real), 2 tablespoons canola oil, 4 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • pour mixture over oats and nuts, bake for about 25 minutes, stir every 10 minutes, at 350 degrees.
  • once cooled, add 1 cup coconut, 1 cup raisins, and in our house 1 cup chocolate chips (Ghiradelli).
Easy, fast, somewhat healthy, and gentle to both the earth and my food budget!

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