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Breakfast with Grandma

3 Jun

Yesterday, I made the first batch of granola for the summer.  I absolutely love a bowl of cold cereal on warm summer mornings.  No fuss, easy to fix, completely portable for dining al fresco. 

It’s funny how simple things like a bowl of cereal can bring up old memories, huh?  When I was a little girl, I lived on Dawson Street in a town in Iowa, and my grandparents lived right across the street.  In the summers, I’d walk across the street to have breakfast with Grandma in the breakfast nook of her kitchen.  It was always a bowl of Corn Flakes with milk, and sometimes sliced bananas.  I don’t remember what we talked about, but I remember her smile and flowered aprons trimmed in rick-rack. 

The granola recipe was a gift from an MGMS parent a few years ago, I’ve been making it ever since.  I shop a natural foods store for the ingredients:

3 1/2 cups rolled oats (NOT quick-cook)

1/2 cup raw, shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1/4 cup each: flax seeds and sesame seeds

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup shelled, roasted and salted sunflower seeds

1 cup large-flake coconut

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 cup brown sugar

Mix that all together; then in a small pan, bring 1 cup honey and 4 tablespoons coconut oil to a boil.  (Once it starts boiling, it can boil over very quickly–beware!)  Remove from heat and add 1/4 teaspoons each: vanilla, orange extract, almond extract.  Pour over the oats and nuts mixture  and stir to coat.  Spread in a roasting pan and bake in a 300 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, stiring every 10 minutes.  Remove from oven to cool.  Continue to stir every so often as it cools to prevent sticking.  Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

I’ve altered the spices–adding ginger and nutmeg.  You can add a cup of dried fruit.  You can leave out nuts you don’t like or add something you’d prefer.  It’s so good, Mr. 15 prefers it over store-bought cereal!  It’s great with milk, it’s fabulous with almond milk.  (My new favorite substitute for milk in cereal or coffee–nom!)  It’s also quite lovely with yogurt and fresh fruit: parfait-style.

I enjoyed my bowl with almond milk on my front porch today, and thought about Grandma.