Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The homemade granola stage of my life's story.




Mike has dubbed this my "homemade granola stage", similar to one he experienced in the mid-80's with my mother-in-law.  This is offensive on MANY levels, mainly because this isn't a "stage", so much as a lifestyle choice--if that's what one would call it after whipping up ONE, singular batch of granola.  And also, it is a universal truth that daughter-in-laws need to believe we are doing things DIFFERENTLY than our husband's mother, or else it feels like a gigantic Stepford-like experiment in cloning.  


I found the recipe on Pinterest (link HERE).  Freaking Pinterest--there isn't a single idea that hasn't already been glue gunned or bedazzled, and Pinterest will prove it.  You can no longer sport a wooly-mammoth skin, without finding it on Pinterest first, and then having it labeled as your "Lady Gaga stage".


I digress.


In a week or so, the juicer is being returned to it's owner that never uses it, and I will be without a fresh cup of kale/carrot/spinach/rhubarb/apple/orange/lemon juice for breakfast.  Hence, my need to find breakfast alternatives, so that I don't jump back on the Jimmy Dean sausage biscuit wagon (again).  I need to experiment with putting spinach and kale in the blender with frozen fruit (to make a smoothie)--but I fear that if it has any sort of leafy consistency, I will vomit.  Anyone have any experience with that?  The blending, OR the vomiting?  


So this morning, I chopped an apple, added a cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt, a shake of cinnamon--and topped it with the GRANOLA.  Ohmygod.  Apparently, healthy people have been doing this since the mid-80's (what's that?  LONGER, you say?), but I have been on the fat bus to diabetes town, so I am just catching up, people.  But let's call this not-your-mother-in-laws-granola, because my version utilizes a seafoam latte bowl from Anthropologie (purchased, ironically, by my mother-in-law)--because our generation cares about what we look like when we eat, and where our tableware is purchased.  This, friends, makes us bats#! crazy, but DIFFERENT.  


In case you would like to join me in my granola-inspired-by-the-color-of-seafoam-on-Martha's-Vineyard-in-June, here is the recipe:


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Homemade Granola


4 cups of Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cups Chopped Almonds (I used sliced)
3/4 cup shredded coconut (meh.  I left it out, because I think shredded coconut tastes like wax)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
2 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (each) raisins and dried cranberries (I omitted these also, because I wanted a more generic granola)


Combine the oats, almonds and coconut (meh) in a large bowl, and set aside.  In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, oil, honey, maple syrup and cinnamon--bring it to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  Pour over the oat mixture, and stir it well to coat.  Spread the granola in a large, shallow baking pan--and bake it at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cool and add the raisins and dried cranberries.  Store in an airtight container.  


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Welcome to my granola stage, friends.  In the event that you would also like to follow my Martha-Stewart-on-acid stage, follow me on Pinterest (link HERE).  But if you really want to help a girl out, you'll follow me on Twitter (@sdenckhoff), because it's been almost a year, and for the life of me, I can't figure out how to make more people like me on there, in 140 characters or less.  Because you know, I'm kind of wordy.



11 comments:

amy said...

if you have a really great blender (like a Vitamix or even a Ninja) then you won't notice the spinach at all.

Ryans said...

We are married to the same person. Apparently I am in the "make a spinach smoothie everyday stage" right now. I got it from some blog that called it the "green monster" or something like that. I just use my blender and I don't have any leafiness.

Start with frozen banana
1 T of peanut butter
some almond milk
some greek yogurt - i use vanilla bean
tons of spinach (do you like how I do recipes!?!?)
I add a little ice to make it colder.

It tastes really good. Supposedly has tons of protein with the greek yogurt and pb... It does keep me full until lunch which is difficult considering my stomach is used to a bagel. The other day I used kale b/c I was out of spinach. I like the spinach way better.

Ryans said...

Apologies for that ridiculously long comment!

Anonymous said...

You should try a green power smoothie. It's tastes really good and is actually very good for you at the same time!!!!! Add ice, as many handfuls of spinach as you like, and low fat vanilla yogurt to any light colored fruit combination (bananas, mangos, pineapple, a few strawberries).

Mimi said...

I don't remember the granola stage in the mid 80's. but enjoy yours. Glad you like the seafoam bowls

love you
the mother-in-law

Mel Cable said...

I'm about to try out a pinterest recipe of a breakfast cookie that involves similar ingredients, I'll let you know how it goes.

Julie K said...

I generally use frozen pineapple, spinach (not too much), yogurt, and other fruit plus liquid. I don't like too much spinach because then I end up chewing my smoothie.

Jen said...

I recently made a peach (or apricot or nectarine or other random frozen stone fruit I put in my freezer last year unlabeled) spinach smoothie that was pretty good. And you can tell yourself the chewiness is from the apricot/peach/nectarine, not the spinach. However I do recommend the addition of banana- it smooths everything out.

And you're doing better than me on The Twitter. I apparently can't say anything engaging in 140 characters.

Kim said...

We make smoothies all the time in our regular old blender and we usually add an entire bag of spinach to it. We have used the same recipe as Ryans and found good results. And I don't like spinach so trust me it does a fine job of smashing it up. a

Anonymous said...

yuck! - rj

Michael and Rachelle said...

We got a vitamix for christmas this year and I think it is the best thing we have ever purchased. Now I never ever thought I would spend that much on a kitchen appliance, but it is so very worth it. My pickiest eater who lived on cereal and crackers and only likes apples and bananas and no veggies drinks a green smoothie every morning with no complaint. green smoothie=kale, spinach, collard greens, red cabbage, sweet potato, carrots, orange, banana, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, orange juice, water and flaxseed or some variation depending on what i have left. If I get a little carried away with the veggies I add a little truvia and all is well. We tried this with a regular blender and the texture was disgusting. Vitamix makes it perfectly smooth. It also makes delicious all fruit ice-cream and great hummus. Ok enough of the sales pitch but it is fabulous. Costco has it periodically and they usually have the lowest price.