Granola

Yesterday, we did a big grocery shop. One of the things I like to do if I have time is do a lot of prep work ahead of time. It saves time and some of my sanity when I can pull out ingredients all ready to go. It’s usually between 4:00 and 5:00pm when I am trying to make supper that things start to fall apart. Kids are getting hungry, and cranky. The babe wants some extra snuggles, and I’m trying to make supper. So anything that is done ahead of time is a huge help. Yesterday afternoon when we got home, I tackled the chicken. I sliced and sauteed up about 8 pounds of chicken breasts. Now it is all in the freezer waiting to be put into stir fries, curries, fajitas, and anything else I can think of. I can just pull a pre-portioned bag of chicken, thaw it and toss it in. My other job for yesterday was granola. I recently found this recipe over at katie did. It is perfect for us. Not too sweet at all, which is huge for me since the kids like to gobble it up. I’m not a huge seed person, and right now I can’t really eat them because they get caught in my braces, so this was extra perfect. This recipe makes a huge batch. Huge as in approx. 20 cups, which again is perfect for my family. You could always half the recipe if you didn’t want quite as much at once. I used quick oats instead of the regular ones (just smaller pieces of oats) and unsweetened desiccated coconut, so that it would not be too sweet. I think because the pieces of oatmeal were smaller, my batch took 45 minutes to bake instead of the two hours. If you make this granola, just keep an eye on it to make sure you don’t overcook it. Granola has been one of those things that I have been trying to find a great recipe for, for ages, and now I have one. It’s a huge hit with my kids and me and Hubby. If you’ve been searching for a great granola recipe, do give this one a try. If all goes well today, I’m hoping to get some bread and yogurt made. What are some of your favourite things to make?

food • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 • 11 Comments »
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11 Responses to “Granola”

  1. Bley says:

    The granola looks great! I do exactly the same thing with chicken, it is SO helpful to have some quick meat ready to go to add to healthy dinners, because, as you say, things are usually starting to fall apart around 4:00 p.m. “The witching hour” as my mom would say…

  2. Petit Filoux says:

    Everytime I see someone post a granola recipe I tell myself I must try it but I just never get round to it!! Grrr!! Must. Try. Harder!!

  3. Trudy says:

    Mmmmmm! Very good and not too sweet. The chicken fajitas last night were divine 🙂 All your efforts always pay off.

  4. Jenny says:

    Ooo, good plan. Perhaps if I got the kids to make Granola with me I could wean them off the Nestle chocolate c*** they usually choose! x

  5. felicity says:

    i love making jam tarts, i dont know why!!! id love to be able to bake bread last year I kept thinking about it, im a little scared it will all go wrong! fliss xx

  6. Sue says:

    I like making soup,you can’t beat a steaming bowl with some lovely crusty bread.

    Sue

  7. Charlotte says:

    I’ve never seen a recipe for this before (think I must lead a sheltered life). Thank you. I am going to try it and will make two batches – one a bit sweeter for me, and one less so for my puritanical partner!
    Love Charlotte
    xxx

  8. Anna, Sydney says:

    Love making huge batch of casserole. Love baking too but our oven is currently dead. Not getting new one until we re-do the kitchen.

  9. Wendy says:

    Great recipe – might have to try it. I don’ t make anything regularly – only passata or something like it if we have a glut of tomatoes. I seem to be always trying new recipes – my family doesn’t have any particular favourites – luckily they just seem to like whatever I put on the table!!

  10. Just Peaches says:

    I’m all for sanity savers! I love making granola too. I store mine in the freezer to keep it crunchy. On Saturdays I usually boil half a dozen eggs (great for quick lunches during the week); cut up some carrot sticks and celery sticks (also for lunches but also good for chopping into salads) and a batch of hummus. Lately I’ve been pulling out the slow cooker on my crazy days. This week I made Spicy Sly Glazed Short Ribs (recipe on Cookstr and Recipezaar). I love to make big batches of soup and put some in the freezer. And bread! I love quick breads: banana bread, pumpkin bread, zucchini bread….mmmm

  11. Mousy Brown says:

    Biscuits are our favorite – not good for the waist line but very delicious! Like the look of the granola – I ‘ll try it when our current box runs out 🙂

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