Grand Ol’ Granola

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Grand ol’ Granola

By Joseph Parish

One of my favorite types of breakfast foods has always been Granola. All around America and the world an early morning meal of Granola is blissfully enjoyed by many every day of the year. The problem with the usual ingredients often found in this cereal such as honey, nuts, and rolled oats or occasionally rice is that it can be rather boring right from the package. Granola is particularly favored by campers, hikers and preppers as it is high in calories, lightweight and stores easily for a long period of time.

Granola is not a new product at all as it dates back to the late 1800s. In 1894 Dr James Caleb Jackson created a product known as Granula at the Jackson Sanitarium in Dansville. The company that Dr Jackson formed to sell his Granula was called Our Home Granula Company. John Kellogg’s later trademarked the name Granola which become analogous for foods which contained grumbled, whole grain products that were usually baked until they became crispy. Kellogg originally marketed his cereal as Granula but in order to avoid legal issues it was changed to Granola.

Since those humble beginning the product has been resurrected by several different companies including Pet Milk of Saint Louis and McKee Baking Company. It has seen itself transform from a common breakfast cereal to snack bars which have grown in popularity with young children.

As you can see the product has a rich history, unfortunately I am not the type of person who eats bland foods. When I sit down for breakfast I want a meal that provides variety and excitement to my taste buds. As such, I developed a Granola recipe in the 70s which became an instant hit with my family. I would like to present that recipe to you at this time. To start with you should first accumulate all of the ingredients that you will need. They are:

8 cups of rolled oats

1/4 cup of chopped almonds

1/4 cup of dehydrated mixed fruit

1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup of raisins

1/4 cup of sesame seeds

1/4 cup of shredded coconut

3/4 cup oil

1/4 cup of honey

1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 teaspoon of maple flavoring

Start this creation by taking a large bowl and combine all of the dry ingredients. Now with a low heat combine the liquid ingredients into a small saucepan. Simmer the mixture for appropriately five minutes and than pour it over the dry ingredients. Stir the concoction well until everything in the bowl gets covered with the liquid. Take and spread the results onto a parchment lined cookie tray and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. The final product should have a slightly golden brown look to it. Make sure to completely cool the food prior to storing it up. If your family members are like mine this breakfast treat will be finished up in no time at all.

Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish


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