Finding a voice among the many thought threads in my head is sometimes a little difficult. Now normally, a cupcake would win this battle. But every once in a while I need to take a step away from my everyday life to re-charge and find that voice… enter wicked cool tree-house…
When one like myself goes to a tree-house with friends it only makes sense to bring snacks like granola! It was a weekend filled with fondue on a wood stove, hikes in the snow and late night music sessions. There were loads of cows grazing in the grass nearby to make this story even more nostalgic.
For an added crunch to the day, granola is perfect! I don’t usually use much of a recipe when I am making granola because it depends on what is in my pantry. I just so happened to have almonds, dried cranberries, black currants, and raisins. Share your favourite granola flavours below! I am sure I am not the only tree hugging granola eater out there…
What you need,
3 cups large flake oats
3/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raisins
1/2 cups dried cranberries
1/2 cup black currants
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
dash of salt
How to prepare,
2. On a parchment lined baking sheet place oats, wheat germ and almonds. Bake for 30 minutes. (This dries out the ingredients to help them to absorb the liquid more)
3. While the baking sheet is baking make the sweet topping: In a small saucepan on very low heat bring your honey and brown sugar to a more fluid or lower viscosity.
4. Once the oats, wheat germ and almonds have finished drying remove from oven and mix in dried fruits. Drizzle the sugar mixture on top and mix with a wooden spoon. With the wooden spoon press the oat mixture into the pan (this provides more crunchy bits…quite possibly the best part).
5. Return the tray into the hot oven and bake for anywhere from 15-30 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Let cool and break apart into pieces. Serve with milk, yogurt or nothing!