Obviously this woman was not working (or not in the morning) to be able to have it as a deal-breaker! For me, I don't even come close to be able to ask myself this question. First of all, our kitchen has no window! Second of all, I don't get to
As I mentioned on my post for Quiche Lorraine, we don't cook eggs&sausages in the morning... but I have to say that if my children were willing to eat it, I'll cook it. Breakfast is a critical meal for everyone (my husband is the perfect example of someone who can NOT properly function without breakfast) but even more so for children (I'll write another post on breakfast). Feeding breakfast to some children is even more of a challenge because some of them (like my daughter) are not really hungry the minute they get up. My daughter is like me: she needs a good hour to develop an appetite for breakfast.... but since she needs her sleep badly, I try to wake her up as late as possible. As a result, most morning, it's a struggle to make her eat something.
What do my children have? A cup of chocolate milk (milk + chocolate, not chocolate milk out of chocolate milk carton because I can control the amount of
Since many people were making their own, I figured that I could try to make my own. The result? A little sunshine in my windowless kitchen... I like it a lot... and so do my husband and children. I am surprised that my husband likes it because this granola is not overly sweet (unlike the commercial brands he loves). It does not have raisins either (which I personally don't like in granola but he does (and can always add some))... but somehow it has become a breakfast favorite. We can serve it with milk or yogurt and with/without fruits, which makes it different every day! So, until the fade goes away, we'll have granola for breakfast. Too bad
(Adapted from David Lebovitz)
- 5 cups (450 gr.) rolled oats
- 3 cups (375 gr) nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
- 1 cup (125 gr) sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup (100 gr) sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup (35gr) flax seeds
- 1/2 cup (120 gr) sugar
- 2 ts cinnamon
- 1 ts ground ginger
- a pinch of ground cardamon
- 1 ts sea salt.
- 2/3 cup (180 gr) unsweetened applesauce
- 100 gr agave syrup
- 80 gr honey
- 2 Tb vegetable oil (I use walnut oil if I put walnuts in the granola; canola would do fine)
My Personal Comments:
- Preheat oven to 300F
- Mix in all the dry ingredients together in a LARGE bowl.
- In a saucepan, heat up the applesauce, syrup, honey and vegetable oil together until smooth.
- Pour the syrup onto the dry ingredients and mix well.
- On a cooking sheet, pour half of the dry ingredients
- Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown
- Bake the other batch the same way.
- The Cardamon pinch is subtle but delicious
- Don't be afraid to really cook it until dark golden brown. That way, you'll toast the sesame seeds and they'll give more flavor to the granola
- Obviously, you could add dry fruits (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
- When it comes to nuts, I like to mix almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts.