This weekend has been a bit of a write off as my family are all down for the count with a nasty cold.
So, I have been quietly puttering about, disinfecting surfaces, sewing and baking. As no one seems to have much of an appetite, I thought something simple, that everyone loves, like granola might do the trick.
I make this recipe a few times a year and although it makes quite a lot (10+ cups), it doesn’t last long. We all become fools for a yogurt parfait when I have this in the cupboard.
Some sliced bananas, a few berries topped with yogurt and granola. Voila – instant energy boost.
It takes less than 10 minutes to put together and bakes in a low oven for the rest of the hour. All you have to do is give it a stir every 10 minutes or so and let it do its thing while you do yours.
How to Make Granola (printable recipe below)
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F and spray or grease 2-3 sheet pans. If your sheet pans are small, you may need three for the amount of granola that this recipe makes.
In a large mixing bowl, add oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts (or pecans and coconut.
Add to this, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice (or nutmeg, your choice) and a pinch of salt.
And stir to combine.
In a small microwave safe container, add applesauce, honey, olive oil and vanilla.
Gently warm the sauce mixture in the microwave for 90 seconds on half power. Alternately, you can warm it in a saucepan over low heat for a few minutes.
Once warm, pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
Spread the moistened granola mixture evenly over two or three baking sheets, and bake them on the centre rack of your oven.
Hint: if you have to use three sheets, you will need to rotate and alternate the sheets on the racks to ensure the granola bakes evenly.
After 45-50 minutes, and it is toasty brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
I store mine in either a large jar or in a Tupperware type container. As long as the granola is good and dry/toasted and your container is well sealed, you will have this for a couple of weeks. Mine never makes it that long as I typically send some over to my mum and mum in law in a zip bag.
Since none of my cootie infested family is up yet, I am going to have a lovely quiet Sunday morning.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Bye for now,