My go-to recipe is my Grandma's granola. I stand by her adage that if you are eating more than 1/4 c, you are overeating. She was Swedish, and believed in "lagom" - not too much, not too little, but just enough. It's really a wonderfully Swedish ideal . 1/4 c is the lagom amount of granola for breakfast. Add some yogurt, and you've got a meal.
|Granola in Grand Central Station|
When we were recently in New York City, my mother and The Boy got parfaits for breakfast with pine nut honey walnut granola. I wanted to give a nod to that, but make it my own. I grabbed some sunflower seeds (because pine nuts are six times as expensive as sunflower seeds) and walnuts, but decided to use maple instead of honey, because I am a Vermonter, after all.
The Boy has an adoration for marmalade, so I used some in this granola. I love how it turned out!
Granola is a wonderful thing to experiment with, and you can really play with the flavors a lot. I hope that you give this variation a try! I would love to get some pine nuts to make some granola at some point ... it really was delicious granola.
Orange Maple Granola
4 c rolled oats
1/2 c wheat germ
1/2 c dried milk
1 c sunflower seeds
1 c chopped walnuts
1 c shredded coconut (I used unsweetened - if you use sweetened, the granola would be sweeter. You could reduce the maple in that case)
1/4 c orange marmalade
1/4 c maple syrup (real syrup only, please!)
1/4 c vegetable oil
1/2 c dried fruit (I used King Arthur Flour's Fruitcake Fruit Blend)
1/4 c cinnamon chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 250 F. Stir together the rolled oats, wheat germ, dried milk, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and coconut in a large mixing bowl. Combine the marmalade, maple syrup, and vegetable oil.
|Before mixing the liquid into the dry ingredients|
Spread on a large sheet pan (or two half sheet pans, or any combination of pans that will fit your mixture in a thin layer). Bake for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 10-12 minutes. Watch it carefully! As soon as it looks toasted and smells good (and oh, does it smell good!), it is ready to take out of the oven. Burned granola is a very sad thing.
|A variation of Grandma's Granola, in a spoon my Daddy made for me..|
Once the granola is removed from the oven, allow to cool before stirring in the dried fruit and cinnamon chips. Transfer to well sealed containers and enjoy, 1/4 c at a time.