Wednesday, 18 January 2012

My Granola
 -recipe adapted from Lori Lambert

Every time I make granola I am reminded of my good friend Randy Lambert 
whose mom made the best granola. 
I remember being at Randy's house when we were kids and "sneaking" it out of the 
glass canister on the counter! It was soooooooo GOOD! 
We lost Randy last year when he was killed on the job, flying a helicopter... 
...granola will never be the same. This one is for you Ran, and your mama :)


10 cups quick oats
1 cup each: chopped pecans, sliced almonds, raw sunflower seeds, oat bran & wheat germ
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 cup oil (veg or olive)
1 cup honey
2 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp salt

Start by preheating your oven to 275 and arranging it so three cookie sheets will fit at once. Meanwhile prepare three cookie sheets lining them with parchment paper.

Mix the oats and the cups of nuts, seeds, oat bran and wheat germ in a giant bowl. 

  In a blender, blend the "wet" ingredients and salt.

 Pour over the dry stuff and stir well. 

  Distribute the granola among the three sheets evenly, spreading out thin as possible. 

 Bake for 30 mins, stir, bake another 30 mins. Depending on your oven you may need some more time. Just watch it, over brown or burnt granola can happen quick! I usually turn my oven off and leave it in there for a while. Once it is done, let it cool completely on pans. Then sprinkle the dried cranberries over it and voila! Granola! 

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