This is just divine and I thought I would share. I make it every two weeks or so and Hugo and I have it for breakfast on natural yoghurt every morning. (well, it's Hugo's second or third breakfast in between porridge and toast and fruit).
You will never buy granola again.
Nut & Seed Granola
from Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods by Cynthia Lair (shared with permission): this is taken from soulemama.com
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch sea salt
1/3 cup cold-pressed vegetable oil (we like to use coconut, though all wet ingredients need to be at room temperature to do so)
1/3 cup brown rice syrup or maple syrup
1/4 cup apple or orange juice (in a pinch, most other juices have worked for us too)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
Preheat oven to 300degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, seeds, almonds, flour, cinnamon and salt; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine oil, syrup, juice and extracts. Slowly pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, using a spatula to fold and evenly coat the dry mixture with the wet. Spread on a cookie sheet or in a shallow pan and bake. Turn granola every 15 or 20 minutes so that it toasts evenly. Bake until granola is dry and golden (45-60 minutes). Store in an air tight jar.
**I actually double the pumpkin seeds and almonds and omit the almond extract. You could play with this in a zillion different ways to make it your own.
I have some cooking right now and the smell is just delicious.
This was our granola -yoghurt fest yesterday. As Hugo poppet now HAS to feed himself it tends to become a rather messy process. He makes more mess in one sitting than Lily ever made in a week of eating. He is a full on boy.
But after he "paints" and "hand prints" and drums and eats and mixes he knows he has to "wipe". SO he does. He really learns with a passionate hands on attitude with everything he does. Always full on with gusto. What a great way to live and my baby poppet is teaching me oh so many amazing things on this journey of ours together.
How to laugh more, play more, be cheeky, be patient, give in amongst others. He is s cherubic sprite filled with joy and passion zings through his veins. What a gift.