I'm Kathy Lloyd. I grew up on a farm near Elmore, MN and have lived in Fairmont for over 44 years. I have always loved to cook, even when I was very young. I loved to stay with my Aunt Dorothy during my childhood. She was a great cook and used to give me freedom in the kitchen, teaching me along the way. She made recipes from our Norwegian heritage, along with pies, homemade doughnuts, yeast bread and cinnamon rolls.
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Make your own Granola
I have been making my own granola for years! The kind you buy in the grocery store is so expensive. Making your own is easy and you know what’s in it!
Over the years I have tried many different recipes, but currently my favorite is one I received from my son, Jason. I like it because it doesn’t have much oil or as much honey as other recipes. It seems as if the recipe is loaded with oil, sugar and honey, it sort of defeats the purpose of trying to eat something healthy!
This is a good snack sprinkled over yogurt and fruit or used as a cereal with milk. I actually get very filled up on a rounded 1/2 cup eaten with milk and it sticks with you, too! I use dried cranberries instead of raisins and put in whatever nuts I have in the house, which is always almonds, but sometimes pecans and walnuts, too!
Honey Almond Granola Cereal:
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup sesame seeds or flax seeds (I use flax)
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
In large bowl, combine rolled oats, coconut, almonds, seeds, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. Combine honey and oil; stir into oat mixture. Spread out in a 13x9 inch baking pan. Bake in a 300 degree preheated oven until light golden brown, 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven; stir in raisins or dried cranberries. Remove to another pan to cool. Stir occasionally during cooling to prevent lumping. Store in tightly covered jars or plastic bags. Makes 6 1/2 cups. Serve with milk or yogurt.
Have a great week. It is so great to have it looking green outdoors!