When it’s sweater weather…

8 Sep

time to turn on the oven!

By Southern California standards fall is in the air!  Now that we are into September and there is a wee little chill in the air it is time to go out and buy the autumn/vanilla scented candle and start making some cozy foods in the kitchen.  It’s this time of year that make me reminiscent of all the things Mom did/does in the kitchen that filled our senses as kids growing up at home. Looking back now I realize how Mom made even our breakfasts special by serving her oatmeal and always having the candle lit in the middle of the table while we scarfed down our food before running off to the bus.  After school there was always a delicious smell coming from the kitchen and Mom would either be punching and kneading the dough for her buns, preparing some casserole for dinner, or baking cookies.  Either the double-boiler would have tapioca ready for us (that Kristina would always try to convince me were fish-eyes) or the big silver bowl filled to the top with popcorn and drenched in butter.  One or the other were our after-school snack that we would enjoy while doing our homework (Josh on the other hand always would eat about 4 yogurt!).  No microwave used to speedily heat up a plastic-wrapped pre-made breakfast or snack for us, it was Mom always in the kitchen preparing something with love…as you still do Mama!

So…I did not intend to walk down memory lane, only to indicate that this time of year I often crave the fill-the-house-with-warm-cozy-smells type of food like mama did for us as kids and today Granola is one of them!

Since gluten-free granola gets to be so expensive and I eat it so quickly I thought I’d bake up some of my own and now that I have made it I wonder why I never did this before.  Sooo yummy and great to switch up the ingredients each time! And…you know exactly what you are eating.

Simple foods often taste just simply good!

I used g-free oats, unsweetened coconut flakes, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and raisins

Put about 2 tbsp oil or butter in pan with either brown sugar, maple syrup, or agave nectar....once dissolved together take off heat and add a bit of vanilla

Mix all ingredients in pan/casserole dish EXCEPT raisins and/or any dried fruit (put those in after you cook granola...otherwise they will be hard). Pour syrup mixture on top and put in oven, low heat for about an hour. Stir granola every 15 minutes. Taste to see if you want sweeter...if so, just pour on more agave nectar or maple syrup. Enjoy the sweet smells filling the kitchen!

Turn off oven and let granola sit in oven for another 1/2 hour or so...until brown and crispy. Pour some in a bowl and enjoy a great fall snack!

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