Granola is super easy to make and you can include any favorite ingredients that you want. It's almost like making a salad. Just throw in whatever ingredients you have on hand and you're good to go.
- 4 cups whole rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- zest from two oranges
- 3/4 cup dried fruit of choice, I used barberries. It was the only dried fruit I could find that didn't have added sugar. Chopped apricots would also be delicious
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 1/2 cup pure vermont maple syrup - the real stuff, not aunt jemima
Preheat your oven to 300F and position two racks in the oven.
Mix the oats, nuts, dried fruit, coconut and orange zest in a big bowl. In a small saucepan melt the butter and then add the maple syrup, whisking until combined. Poor the butter/syrup mixture over the oats and stir well, making sure that it is spread throughout the mixture. Poor the oat mixture onto the two baking sheets, spreading out in a thin layer until covering the sheets. Place in the oven for about 40-50 minutes, but stir occasionally and check to make sure it's not burning. You want the oats to be toasted, but not too brown. I over toasted one of my sheets by accident, but it still tastes good.
My mom just got home and before even sitting down she made herself a bowl of granola. I told you, granola runs in our genes.
I've been home for about a week now and I go back to Switzerland a week from today. Of course I love being home, but I miss the flow of life in Zürich. I miss walking to the grocery store and anywhere else I might want to go. I miss that the produce in Zürich is all from Switzerland and not shipped 3000 miles from California. And of course I miss Zach.
ps - Mayer family...did you see that the granola has Barberry's in it, like Barberry Hill, your old home and your soon to be new home?!