Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Going home granola

Best Friend Fest '08 is over. I meant to write this post on Monday so it would post on Tuesday while I was on the train, but I forgot. Plus Monday I was busy moping around with Kelly about going home. Kelly and I have been best friends, like sisters, for something like seven years? When she moved back to Milwaukee a year and a half ago, we were heartbroken. We hadn't seen each other since then, and it was a wonderful reunion. We cooked, we baked, I lay around her house while she was at work, she plucked my eyebrows, cut and straightened my hair, we played with her kitties, we lay in bed and watched Friends. The picture above sums us up really well,  being serious in her bedroom wearing fake glasses. It was really sad to come home. On the other hand, it was wonderful to come home to Alex. I'm only two weeks away from going back to work (as long as everything goes as planned) and am almost walking normal. I do have to use this sweet cane, since I'm still pretty heavily limping. I am at the tail end of my broken leg adventure, which I'm pretty bittersweet about. I'm glad I can walk and get around (slowly) again, but I am pretty bummed that I have to go back to work, and that I probably will never get the chance to travel as much as I did the last two months for a long time. Oh well. I made granola to eat on the train, it was pretty good. 

Going home granola

4 1/2 c old fashioned rolled oats
1 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c sesame seeds
1/4 c ground almonds (or if you have whole or chopped ones, use more)
1/2 c coconut flakes
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 t vanilla
1/2 c water
1/4 c honey (or maple syrup)
1 c dried blueberries, currants, raisins, or cranberries
1/2 c white chocolate chips (optional)

Mix together oats, sunflower and sesame seeds, ground almonds, coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar. In another bowl, mix oil, vanilla, water, and honey. Stir into oat mix. Bake 25 minutes at 325, stir, then bake another 30, stirring once or twice. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn. Stir in fruit to hot granola, cool completely, and store however you store granola. 


  1. that granola was tasty, i never think to make snacks like that, but maybe i should! it was so great having you in my home for two weeks, i love you!

  2. i love you too!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous4:06 PM

    That's lovely! thank you! I made some type of muesli a few days ago but reading your recipe i realize it definitely can be improved! looks really yummy, and healthy too! great!

  4. What brand of oats did you use? I have a recipe in my slow cooker book for oatmeal you cook over night but it calls for old fashioned ones.