Discover Your Inner Granola… “Basic Granola Making 101”

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So, I’m not really a self-described “hippy” by any means… I’m just someone who has certainly discovered her “inner granola”… My parents did help me feel “one with the earth” early on in my childhood… I call it “playing in the mud”, since I have no real attachment to earth, and will gladly leave it when I go to meet my Maker.  On the other hand, I am immensely thankful for what we’ve been given on this earth, and believe we should be good stewards of that which has been entrusted to us, and see to it that we leave it in better condition than we found it.  Of course, that’s how I was raised to treat anything that’s been loaned to me.  So, in the discipline of being good stewards… Here is a fun and EASY recipe for GRANOLA!!!

“And that makes me a good steward, how?”

Can someone tell me why on EARTH is it so expensive to buy granola in the store?  I mean, really?  It’s is the simplest thing to make… You’re going to cringe that you ever paid the hefty price you did for it, when you realize how easy it is to make.  Or maybe you’re like my husband, and you never ate it, because you wouldn’t pay the price… So, you have NO idea what you’re missing out on!  It is NOT the same as trail mix!  Just know that.  It is the deliciousness of deliciousness.  And get this… you can whip it together in less than 20 minutes, it’s healthy, cheap to make,  has multiple uses, and the list just goes on and on…

(By the way, I would be doing all of us a disservice if I didn’t mention that keeping this on hand for disaster preparedness is uber easy, and a great idea.  I save the silica gel packets that come in my vitamins.  When I make disaster preparedness food, I stick a silica gel packet in the bag, and vacuum seal it shut.  We use the food as we make more, recycle the new into the the disaster preparedness food, and eat the food that we’ve been storing.  It’s never old.  It’s just common sense.  Do the same with water and any canned goods.)

Okay, let’s get started!!!

Pre-Heat Your Oven to 325 degrees F

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All in all, this took about 10 minutes to whip together.
I typically don’t measure.

We have 100 oz. or 6 lbs. of granola ready to go!  I make it in big batches, because it is just more efficient to do it that way.  It stores well, and it works for us.  Feel free to reduce the recipe if you’d like.  You’re work time will be the same, but it’ll still be worth it for the yummy taste and healthy goodness.  Again, keep in mind, this is an excellent food to keep on hand for emergency relief and disaster preparedness.  I can’t stress that enough.  People usually like to eat even when the stores are closed, and there’s no access to anything.  😉

You can really use whatever you want in place of the seeds… any type of nut would be great.  I choose seeds, because I’m allergic to nuts.  I also have to buy special oats, seeds and coconut that has not been processed on equipment with nuts, so that ups my cost considerably.  But if you were to purchase your ingredients at Mother’s, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, WholeFoods, or any market like that, you would likely be able to buy organic and in bulk, and get your ingredients for a nice low price.

Okay, so this is the BASE… I use this with EVERYTHING.  I add dark chocolate chips for a dessert.  Add dry fruit and eat it with kefir… YUM… soooooo good!  I’ve used it as a topping for an all natural cobbler.  Really, the sky’s the limit.
I hope you try it at least once.  If you do, will you come back to the blog and give a review?  Also, would love to hear what you ended up doing to make yours different.
Okay, y’all… there you go!

Granola 101

~ Enjoy discovering your Inner Granola ~

Thanks,  Amie Joy (Reyajoy)
&
the loon & the grebe

 © By Amie Joy Chiarelli Wylie 2013
*All Photos are the property of Amie Joy Chiarelli Wylie*

5 thoughts on “Discover Your Inner Granola… “Basic Granola Making 101”

  1. In that I am the Grebe, you know that I would have to show a bias towards my wife’s cooking…but please read this as an unbiased and honest opinion. I have eaten a fair share of granola, but have never tasted anything like this. This is hands down the crispiest and best tasting granola I have ever lapped my lips around and swallowed down my gullet. Even if your not a big granola fan, I think you will really like this. Great job Honey…

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  2. Amie, this looks really good! I’m always looking for healthy breakfast recipes since we don’t eat packaged cereal. This will be perfect for our homeschool co-op mornings when we don’t have time to cook breakfast. And we already have all the ingredients!
    My oldest makes the granola. So, I’m passing this on to her. Thanks!

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    • Oh my gosh! I’m going to pee my pants! I have comments!! =D Does this mean I passed my test? No really, I am so glad that you liked it, and I have been so apprehensive about blogging, because I haven’t wanted to come across “all about me”… ya know? But I got talked into it. I am thrilled that you guys are going to do it for your co-op. That was exactly what I had in mind when I posted it. =D I think I’m going to be posting Kefir Ice Cream next. The two go great together! Love ya!

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  3. super super excited that you are starting a blog. it’s like I can come to one place and see all the wonderful crafty, healthy things that I want to do and cook!!! By the way, can you please post a picture of your Mason Jar floor lamp? Love that thing and I imagined it doing it with Jason, but not sure if we can copy yours 🙂 love you Amy

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    • Thank you so much, Sundie! Although, you should be the one blogging all of your amazing food! My land! I will totally move some of the pictures over from the loon and the grebe site soon. I just don’t have the photos of the process of the lamp being made. =( But of course you could make one! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! I am all about “simplicity”… when it comes to making food to have on hand. =) Love you too, Sundie

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