Or maybe that's just how people regard me as a matter of course....
Well now, let's just skip the rest of that conversation, hm?
Obviously you can't be considered crunchy if you don't have a killer granola recipe. I've tried several, people. But we've finally hit upon the perfect granola recipe for our family. Since the perfection of this recipe, we've quit buying pre-packaged cereal. It sweet enough the kids love it and not so sweet as to send mine and Joshua's blood sugars spiking off the charts.
5 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/4 cup wheat bran
2 tablespoons oat bran
2 tablespoons ground flax
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2/3 cups chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2/4 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup olive oil
Preheat the oven to 375. Put brown sugar, honey, and olive oil in a small saucepan and stir until blended. Combine all remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour honey mixture into the center of the oat mixture. Mix with a large spoon.
At this point I let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then I put both hands in the stuff and mix it up and combine it until all the honey mixture is evenly distributed.
lick wash my hands.
Spread the mixture into a pan. I have a metal cake pan, but I think a glass pyrex dish would work as well. Cook for 12 minutes, stirring every four minutes. Pay close attention to the corners to you don't burn it!
I make a triple batch about once a week and it makes enough cereal for us to have all week. I'd like to tell you how I get up every single morning and my first labor of love for the day is a big breakfast for all my loved ones. However, I like my bed and the self sufficiency that cereal or muffins provide for the kids. Toss a piece of fruit with it and it's relatively well rounded!