Thursday, October 8, 2009

Homemade Granola

As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, I find myself craving some serious comfort foods....Soup and granola! I make soup a couple of times a week. It's usually vegetable soup. This week since I bought 10 pounds of carrots for 1.66$, I made cream of carrot soup with ginger. I must admit it's NOT the best! LOL
As for the granola, I remembered a recipe given to me by a doctor when I was working in an STD* clinic way back in 1989 : Squirrel Cereal.
You take quick cook oats (4 cups) and unsweetened coconut (1 cup),walnuts (1 cup),sunflower seeds (1 cup), wheat germ (1 cup) I didn't put any- I didn't feel like bicycling all the way to the store, 1/2 maple syrup (the recipe said honey, but I had plenty of syrup) ,1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. You put the first five ingredients in a bowl, mix well, heat the syrup-warm not a boil, dump it with the dry ingredients along with the oil and the vanilla.
Mix well with a big ol' spoon and dump on baking sheets lined with parchement paper. You bake at 350F for about 30 min and turn once. Ok to tell you the truth I put my timer for 15 min and checked it like a hawk because I remember burned granola....And that's not good. After it's cooled, store it in an air tight container. DELICIOUS!
Even if I wanted to do the whole recipe organic....I couldn't. My oats are organic and so is the maple syrup. But it's still better for you than store bought cereal full of refined sugar and assorted crap!
How do I eat the granola? Sprinkled on plain fat free yoghurt mixed with half a banana. TDF! To die for!
A note on the bowl, the 403 green Pyrex bowl. This is my first Pyrex bowl. It was my mother's, the interior is all scratch up, but it holds a lot of memories!
Have a great one!
STD clinic: Yes it's an sexually transmitted disease clinic. I was a receptionnist there for a year and a half. More details in a future post!
By the way, I just joined VTT (vintage thingy thrusday) at
It's soooo much fun! Check it out!


The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

OMG - I have that bowl! and I want that granola!

And why in the world arent you doing - vintage thingies thursday? with everyone in the world from people would totally love your pyrex laden blog?

And I am totally with you on the soup too, make it all the time

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

YAY! You did it :) I didn't realize it till I saw you had commented right before me somewhere! lol

Postcardy said...

I used to buy bulk granola at a co-op many years ago. Now I buy 90 calorie granola bars and Great Grains cereal.

Mom Walds Place said...

Ooooh, fab granola recipe! I want to join Vintage Thursday, but I'm not as technologically advanced as you. I'll have to enjoy it vicariously through your blog, well everybody else's. It's addictive!

Coloradolady said...

Oh, what a lovely pyrex bowl..and what a wonderful recipe for granola...I may have to try that...sounds wonderful! I am so glad you joined us..Welcome!! I will look forward to more of your wonderful vintage goodies!!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful VTT!

~~Carol~~ said...

I love those old Pyrex bowls! And you have made me hungry for some soup for dinner, followed by some homemade granola for dessert! Cream of carrot soup sounds...interesting!
Happy VTT!

viridian said...

What is it about those colors on theose old bowls? My mom still has a pink one I think. I can see it in my mind.

Sandy said...

Wow....that recipe sounds great! Very healthy! And I love your bowl, I have set of these, but have gotten them at different places....I love all of that old Pyrex! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Oh good heavens that looks delicious! I really must try (again). I'm kinda notorious for burning granola though. It all happens so quickly!


I checked out your other posts too
and I spotted many different vintage
pyrex pieces! Love Pyrex!