Wednesday, November 30, 2011

bowl of winter

Not a snowflake in sight.....but it's starting to feel a bit wintry. 
Yeah, ok.....maybe I still have a yard full (FULL!) of leaves to rake, 
but the trees are all bare and the nights are quite frosty. 
My oven begs each day to be filled with something delicious. 

We love granola, and eat it often. 
It's a good hearty breakfast, and the boy even likes to take it to school for lunch. 
But sometimes, I just make it because I LOVE how it makes the house smell while it's baking. 
It smells just like winter.
Cozy. Cinnamony. Edible. Winter.
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It's very versatile, and you can add whatever combinations of grains and nuts you have in your cupboard.
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Cinnamon Granola

add to large bowl:

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups rolled wheat (found in the bulk section of health food stores. you could also use more rolled oats or rolled rye)
2 cups puffed wheat (unsweetened)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 c pure maple syrup (not the fake stuff)
1/3 c coconut oil, in liquid form
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

mix all ingredients until well coated.

Spread out onto two lined baking sheets, and bake at 300° for 30-45°, until oats are browned and crispy.
Make sure to rotate the pans and give them a few good shakes during the baking process.
homemade granola
add milk or yogurt and your favorite fruit (we like it with pomegranate!)



Elise said...

I love that idea! Just making granola to make your house smell delectable! Mmm..

Hannah Nicole said...

yum! I will be making this + adding pomegranate (a favorite at our house). so lovely as usual! that last photo made me want to sit down and pick up that spoon! there's something about the winter months that is absolutely cozy. I'm ready for our first real snow storm. :)

Maria said...

YUM! This granola recipe looks amazing, I love maple. Also, your photos are awesome!

Claire said...

Hooray! Sheena's posting recipes again! As much as I loved your month of gratitude (it helped me to mentally follow suit), I am thrilled to see your lovely food photos and how-to's back. You have a gift with the food, my dear. And with pictures. Keep those incredible recipes coming!

jen fuller said...

that looks ridiculously delicious! i'm definitely going to try that :)

kassidi bridge said...

Mmmmm, nothing better than a good granola recipe! Thank-you for sharing!!

Bridget said...

Oh gosh! Yum!!

California Girl said...

I love these pics! I am going to try and make this next week!! Thanks.

Bridget said...

oh this looks yum, sheena.

Jay Wen said...

must try this. i love granola and cinnamon as well.

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