Monday, June 7, 2010

Granola with Builder

Builder likes to get up early on "Granola Making Morning" and help me out.  He loves to eat it too, but I think the making it is his favorite.  It's not something he can do independently because it involves chopping and a hot oven, but I have been working on teaching him to do some of the steps by himself.  One thing I have done is create a picture recipe showing the various steps.  We use a recipe from  the More With Less Cookbook.  This is a cookbook I've had for years and it is well worn.  I've tried other granola recipes too, but this one is the standard.  I've also  made a few adjustments to make it gluten free.  For example, instead of using wheat germ, we use flax seed and I make sure the oats are gluten free.  This is what Builder's  recipe looks like:

1 - Gather the ingredients for the pan.  In this case, honey, oil and cinnamon.

2 - Gather the ingredients for the bowl.  Today it will be oats, flax seed, sesame seed, sunflower seeds and almonds.

3 - Put the wet ingredients in the pan and stir it over medium heat until it is mixed together. 

4 - Have mom chop the nuts.  (In this case we used almonds, but we really like pecans!)

5 - Mix all the dry ingredients, including the nuts in the big bowl.

6 - Ask mom to help poor the hot liquid into the bowl, then mix it all together.

7 - Poor it into two cake pans and spread it evenly.

8 - Bake it at 325 degrees

9 - For 20 minutes.

10 - Have mom take the pans out and stir the granola then put them back in the oven.

11 - Bake it for another 10 minutes or until it just starts to turn golden brown.

12 - Have mom take it out and spread it on clean kitchen towels or cloth napkins to cool (don't use the fuzzy kind!)



Jenny said...

Ooo, thank you for the recommendation. I have that cookbook and have not tried the granola recipe yet. I am visiting from Catholic Mother's Online...hello!

The Academy of the Good Shepherd said...

Hi Jenny!
I enjoy reading your blog. This recipe is the "crunchy granola" but we've added/deleted a few items to make it work for us. There are others in the More With Less Cookbook that are just as good though!