Georgian Bay Farmhouse Granola Recipe

| 3/8/2016 4:18:00 PM

Chef ElizabethYes, Spring is in the air, yet there is still plenty of snow here. It is impossible to live on a farm and not give a seasonal weather update. The weather pretty well runs the show. This winter has been far easier and shorter than the last three winters. However, today I have been snowed in and my pipes have frozen three times this month and tonight is going to be another 20 below zero night. So I am bringing my firewood in this morning so that it warms up before lighting it. There is plenty of snow and more is on its way. Everyone really appreciates the longer days. We are almost out of wood and the no-wood-splitting days are soon to be here. That chore will be replaced with the usual farm chores to get your land ready for planting. This is the time to discover if your rototiller will start up again, just as your snow blower dies. I will put that worry off until next winter; that is, if it stops snowing. As the snow melts, the changes on your farmhouse and property are slowly revealed. Today I saw the tom turkeys displaying, one sure sign spring is around the corner. Or maybe the turkeys are a little too eager.

During the colder months I have seem to crave baked goods made with oats. I have perfected chewy oatmeal, dried cranberry and white chocolate cookies. I keep unbaked cookies in my freezer in case unexpected guests arrive. Here on the farm I often host weekend guests and granola is high on their pantry list. Who doesn’t love granola in some form or another? This winter I went in search of a perfect farmhouse granola to offer my guests. Now I am on to granola in my test kitchen.

I love having granola in my pantry. I love to sprinkle it on my cereal or morning yogurt. It is delicious on ice cream or over warm fruit. Some people like to sprinkle granola over their raw pancake batter for crunchy pancakes. I also use it when baking as a streusel for muffins, cakes and pies. I also love handfuls right out of the Mason jar. It is great to take camping; granola is perfect high-energy snack when hiking or biking. Granola is also a perfect work time or school lunch box snack. I have it beside me when I am on road trips; its complex flavours and textures help keep me awake!

What I love most about making my “home made” granola is that I control the ingredients. I like the idea of customizing what I eat. You can add extra sweetness or reduce the sweetness depending on how much maple syrup or honey you use. Change the spices by using nutmeg, cloves, cardamom or even pumpkin pie spice. Most of the retail granola is too sweet and doesn't have enough of the good stuff- fruits and nuts. I prefer the large flake oats for texture. Some people like to add wheat germ or bran to their granola.

Granola is so expensive to buy, so why not make your own and have it on hand? It is very easy to make after a quick visit to your bulk barn to gather all the ingredients. That is really the most time consuming part of the recipe.

This Farmhouse Granola recipe is just a starting point. Feel free to omit or substitute and of the fruits and or nuts. Have fun while exploring those enormous bins filled to the rim with an enormous variety. Here is your chance to make your granola your way.

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