It’s been three weeks since we moved into our little house on the hill and I must say that settling into country living is going pretty smoothly so far. Smith and I are starting to get into a good routine and I am really enjoying my newly updated kitchen (pictures to come soon). One of the goals I have for our new location is to attempt to embrace more of a homestead type of living. This doesn’t mean I’m swearing off modern medicine (I’m a physical therapist, after all). It just means I am hoping to broaden our horizons with more made-from-scratch foods, gardening, and composting. I plan on including my steps toward a modified version of this type of lifestyle. The first project? Homemade granola.
t am always shocked to see the price of granola in grocery stores considering how easy it is to make and that all the ingredients for a basic batch are readily available. Robert has finally joined the Greek yogurt train, but he prefers eating it with a bit of granola. As a result, i decided it was time to start making our own at home.
I perused through recipes and landed on this one. It’s from the folks of the ever-reliable Cook’s Illustrated. It’s a simple concoction with a delicious result. The original recipe calls for almonds and raisins, but old Bert is a no frills type of guy and we kept it simple. This is a great granola recipe that you can jazz up with lots of ingredients depending on your personal preferences. Nuts, dried fruits, seeds, chocolate chips, etc. The possibilities are endless so save yourself some moolah and start making your own granola today!
Oh and I just couldn’t resist throwing in this picture of my little ham loaf…
Maple Syrup Granola
Yield: 5 3/4 cups
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 5 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, and salt. Whisk in the oil until well combined. Add in the oatmeal and mix until the oats are evenly coated.
3. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet. and gently pat down with a spatula.
4. Bake for 40-45 mins, or until lightly browned. Be sure to rotate the pan after about 20 minutes to ensure even baking.
5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1 hour. Break up the granola with a spatula and store in an airtight container.