Sunday, January 10, 2010

Homemade granola

You can see that I don't keep the tidiest kitchen all the time. This was around 11pm,
and I just didn't want to clean before I started baking.

While in Toronto in December I saw that my friend had made granola. Over the past year I've thought about it, said we should do it, and then nothing. The other day I decided to get off my ass and make some granola, like we used to when I was a kid. I grabbed the Rebar cookbook off the shelf (thanks, Bex, still got it) and got to work.

Well, got to buying ingredients, anyway. The making didn't happen until midnight-ish, because neither my lovely girlfriend nor I could sleep, and I decided to make the most of my time. It was oddly satisfying to stay up making granola. Here's the recipe from Rebar, a lovely little vegetarian restaurant in Victoria that people love.

3 c large flake oats
1 1/2 c barley flakes
1/2 c oat bran
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 c pumpkin seeds
1/2 c sunflower seeds

1/2 c veg oil
1/4 c water
2/3 c maple syrup or honey
1 tsp vanilla

1 c dried cranberries
1/2 c dried blueberries

Dry and liquids. Warm water means the honey mixes more easily.

Mix the first eight ingredients. Whisk together four wet ingredients. Combine the two thoroughly. Bake on two cookie sheets for about 30 min, stirring occasionally to ensure even baking. Add fruit and store.

This is actually with only half the granola, but it looked so pretty.

I made a few changes: Almonds instead of hazelnuts, some cashews, only a few pumpkin seeds, raisins instead of blueberries, and no coconut. I used honey, and warm water makes it easier to mix the liquid ingredients. And just like that, a big can of homemade granola. So simple, and so rewarding.


celina said...

I have always made granola using my mom's tried, tested and true recipe from when I was a kid, but this one also looks amazing! One more reason to buy the Rebar cookbook. Why do I still not have that?

Brenton said...

Indeed. I'm glad Rebecca had it and lent it to us a while ago. I think I may be turning into a cookbook user; it's full of enticing recipes that I never would normally consider.

Hartley Carter said...

I made granola today. So satisfying! And I love that it lasts, so I every time I eat it I get that sense of self sufficient made-my-own-damn-cereal accomplishment.

And I like the re-bar cookbook, but colour pictures would definitely make me happier. I'm pretty visual when it comes to interest in a recipe. A common thing for people who don't cook too much, I think.

Brenton said...

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't buy a recipe book without pretty colour photos. I would maybe buy one that I've used (like the Rebar or Moosewood), but if I don't know what something is meant to look like, or I'm not intrigued by how good it looks, I'm just not forking over the money.

Hartley Carter said...

Yes, that is definitely the exception: a book you have used and enjoyed. Like, for example, I bought The Joy when my mom's old copy started majorly falling apart.

Also, I think I need more cookbooks. I used to watch the food network and then have ideas for dinner, but now we have no TV. I need browsing material. Any suggestions for books with excellent pictures?

Brenton said...

Jamie Oliver's books are pretty gorgeous. Both Whitewater Cooks are also pretty great for pics.