Make: A new series on The Rake
It’s pretty well documented that many of us are re-thinking our relationship with the things we buy these days. We’re more enthusiastic about purchasing local goods, we rather willingly pay a premium for organic and asking about the provenance of items has become common practice. As a result, many of us are taking things into our own hands and learning how to make the things that occupy our lives, ourselves. From building bookshelves, to growing our own tomatoes to creating foods from scratch that we once wouldn’t think twice about buying pre-made. Convenience, it seems, it being trumped by a growing desire to feel connected to the things we consume and in the process lighten the load on our environment and safeguard our health. We will be sharing our own exploits into the world of homemade, with projects big and small that we hope will inspire. We kick off our series with a very simple recipe for something many of us eat most mornings. It’s delicious, easy and totally customizable to your personal taste. We hope you enjoy Tony’s Terrifically Tasty Granola. And do stay tuned for future articles that will involve reclaimed wood, saws, drills and possible 911 calls.
Here's what it takes:
- 3 cups of oats
- 1 3/4 cups of nuts (I use pecans, almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds, but you can use whatever you like)
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- a handfull of dark chocolate chips
- a bunch of sliced up dates
Preheat oven to 325F.
Crush the nuts and mix with oats, salt and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl mix honey, syrup and canola oil then stir into everything else.
Spread onto a baking sheet evenly and toss into the oven (middle rack). Parchment paper will keep the granola from sticking to the pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, check every 10 minutes, and when it turns golden brown and your home smells awesome you'll know it's ready.
Let it cool, then add chocolate chips and dates. You can also try it with cranberries, raisins or dried fruit.
Serve with yogurt and fresh fruits. Put in mouth.
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