It is a beautiful time of the year for a new beginning ( and homemade granola)

I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa.The change of seasons is something I love and that is very visible in this part of the world. Warm summer beach days and barbecues under the starry night…. fall bringing a transformation of colors and oak trees throwing off their summer leaves… cold rainy winter evenings snuggling around a log fire cooking curries and comfort food …and then spring arrives…the new oak leaves showcased against the crisp blue sky, welcoming beautiful lazy alfresco days. Seasons change and so do we.

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.

Henry David Thoreau

Now living in the Kalahari, the change of seasons is not so vivid to the eye. Summers are hot, winters cold and short ( not this year though!) and fall and spring are reminders that change is a constant. September is the arrival of spring ( or rather summer) in Namibia. Days are warm and suddenly you are looking for healthy recipes and summer dishes. A bowl of granola with fresh berries and a spoonful of full cream Bulgarian yoghurt, just spells the correct start to summer.

But if you’re anything like me, you’ve spent hours in the granola aisle at the grocery store, trying to find just the right kind. Mom of three teenagers with very different tastes- this one does not like raisins, this one loves nuts with shredded coconut, this one loves it baked with big clusters that you can nibble on as a snack- this can be an impossible task. Yes, you know that it’s nearly impossible to find the perfect granola at the store.

So here is my homemade granola recipe. Super easy to make and also very customizable, a yummy template for whatever dried fruits, spices ( cinnamon) and nuts you might ( or might not) be craving. Enjoy as an after school snack or simply add it to a bowl of milk or yogurt in the morning with a handful of fresh berries. It is the perfect combination of flavors and texture for all ages! Jump to the next page for your easy homemade granola.

Easy Homemade Granola

INGREDIENTS

5 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Wholewheat Flour 1 Cup Wheat germ
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds 3/4 Cup Desiccated Coconut
1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds 1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds 1/4 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Oil
1/2 Cup Water
2t Vanilla

If you want big clusters

*whisk an egg white until foamy and add to granola mixture before baking

*do not stir your granola when baking it

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients together and spoon into large casserole dish
  2. Bake @ 180C/360F for 30 minutes or until golden brown
  3. Stir occasionally
  4. Now you can add raisins, cranberries, dried fruit cubes, coconut shavings, choc chips, anything your heart ( or teenager) desires to the baked granola.

All ovens are different, so check your granola to see how it browns and keep a nose out to make sure it is not burning.

Let it cool and store in airtight container.


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