Making Homemade Granola

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I love fruit & yogurt parfaits.  They are tasty, low fat, and fairly healthy.  They make a pretty good snack or dessert when your sweet tooth is misbehaving and you are trying to watch calories.

Since I like granola on my yogurt parfaits I decided to try making my own at home.

Armed with oats and slivered almonds I contemplated what flavor granola I would make.

I scavenged through the cupboards and pulled out some of my favorite flavors.  Brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and  pure maple syrup. 

The great thing about making your own granola is that you can adapt it to fit your own tastes.  You can add honey, coconut, or a variety of nuts and dried fruits.  Because I wasn’t sure how my first batch would turn out I kept it simple.  I also decided to stay clear from adding any fat (oil) to make my granola.

Recipe:

2 c. oatmeal

1/2 c. slivered almonds

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp. brown sugar

3/4 c. pure maple syrup

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together.  After everything is thoroughly mixed, pour it out onto the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 20-30 minutes; stir every 10 minutes. The granola is done baking when it is a light golden brown.  Be careful  not to over bake it.

Allow it to cool on the cookie sheet.  As it cools it will become crunchy.  Once cool; store in zip-lock bag to maintain freshness.

This granola is only slightly sweet.  You can add extra brown sugar if you prefer a sweeter version.  Or be creative and come up with your own custom blend.

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Homemade granola; not today, maybe tomorrow

When I woke up today and thought about writing the post I had planned, I agonized. My brain is tired.  And what seemed like a great post on Friday seemed like such an insignificant post today.  It’s amazing how something can happen and change your  perspective.

And then Saturday came…  My husband and I are members of a local search and rescue team that responds to incidents of lost and missing persons in our area.   On Saturday, we received a call  that our team had been activated for a search.  We quickly gathered our gear and immediately headed to the reported location.

Many times when our team is activated the search is often called off before we even reach the scene.  This is always a good thing.  It means the person has been located and there is no further need for our assistance.  But as we drove closer and closer to this scene that anticipated call never came.

Instead, we arrived to find an elderly woman suffering from dementia was missing from her home. It was suspected that she had wandered off on her own while her husband had made a trip to the local grocery store.

Hundreds of community members, volunteer fire departments, search and rescue teams across New York State, along with members from a search team in New Jersey showed up to help.  Some people handed out fliers, many searched the large area by ground, and the Civil Air Patrol took to the skies once weather permitted.  Local residents, businesses, and fire department auxiliaries provided the volunteers with unlimited food and drink.  It is truly amazing how people will unite in a time of crisis. 

Long hours of volunteering, lack of sleep, and an unfavorable outcome has made me re-think my intended post today.  Homemade granola; not today, maybe tomorrow.

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