homemade granola...

Posted December 12, 2013 by Christina


I know I don't post a lot of food here on the blog... but I am hoping that will be changing. 

Just like last year I wanted to challenge myself to do a little something in hopes of bettering myself in the year to come.  So here is a confession.. I don't cook much- shh.  Life is busy and to be honest I am not a food lover, I have often wished there was a way to be full and eat without taking all of the time.  I know I know- there are so many things out there that taste so wonderful, I just don't like to take the extra time.  Anyway, that leads me to my challenge for this year (I am counting the year from my birthday to my birthday) I am going to try and make dinner for my family at least 3 times a week.  Please don't gasp or judge!  I am hoping that it will become a good habit much like my habit (obsession) with reading that is still going strong.  I am also hoping to be better about sharing here on the blog because we can all use some great yummy ideas to keep food interesting right?  

I would love to hear how you keep your food life interesting (this girl needs ideas).

This granola is something that I make fairly often and it is simple and delicious sprinkled over yogurt or simply with milk and some fresh berries.  I have tweaked it a little bit from the original...

Homemade granola 

4 1/2 cups Old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
3/4 cup shelled, raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups slivered raw almonds
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cups pure maple syrup, preferably grade A dark amber
1/3 cup canola oil
salt to taste (I usually use a couple of pinches)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed

optional: 1 cup dried cranberry

1. Preheat oven 325 degrees
2. Place oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, salt, flax seed and cinnamon in a large bowl and combine.  Add the maple syrup and oil, stir until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
3. Spread the granola on a 12 x 17" rimmed baking sheet.  Bake until it begins to brown, about 25 minutes, then stir with a spatula.  Let the granola continue to bake until it is lightly browned, dry and fragrant, about 15-20 mins longer.  Stir the granola at least one more time while it continues to bake and watch carefully as it can burn quickly.
4. Let it cool on the baking sheet, add in cranberries or dried fruit.  Transfer to to an airtight container.

recipe from the Earthbound Farm Cookbook: Food to live by

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I’ve never enjoyed cooking…I dust my stove, but in the early morning, especially on a chilly East Coast Winter morn, I do not want to trek out to eat, so going to try your receipt> may I ask what brand yogurt you use that makes it so delicious? Tx

Fri Oct 17 16:58:00 2014


That looks like a good recipe, thanks.
Here’s a book I’ve found very useful, and good reading as well — http://nancyharmonjenkins.com/the-new-mediterranean-diet-cookbook/

Fri Oct 17 16:58:00 2014

Dawn @ Inspired Living

Early last year I shared one way I cut down on meal prep time along with a few of my easy and healthy recipes in this post:


I love reading your blog! It was fun seeing some pics from around your house this year! Esp. your beautiful kitchen and backyard!

In fact, your year recap in pictures has inspired me to do the same….. I need motivation to get back to blogging consistently this year.

Fri Oct 17 16:57:59 2014


I keep boneless skinless chicken breasts in the freezer and have five or six different ways to prepare them, Giada’s herb crusted no breadcrumbs Chicken Parmesan, Chuck William’s Chicken in Tarragon Cream, Apricot Jam/onion Soup mix and Soy Sauce glaze on Chicken, Edie Wadsworth’s Pumpkin Chipotle Soup with Chicken, Keller’s Chicken Schnitzel, or plain chicken soup. I always have one of those every week.

Last night I took a frozen TJs Pizza Margherita and put soft goat cheese and basil leaves on top before baking. Had it with a goat cheese/walnut/ dried cranberry/avocado baby greens salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Easy and good.

I think the turning point for me was realizing that, to eat well, you need to love to eat. It’s about the eating, not the cooking. If you love to eat, you will learn to buy good things and how to throw together good things. The other part of the formula for me is cycle class twice a week, every week, so I CAN eat!!! ;)

I enjoy your posts, cheers, Judy Brown

Fri Oct 17 16:57:59 2014

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