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Requests, I've had a few.... the granola story.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

So, I found this great, slightly weird book in a local charity shop, (apparently a prize for Home Economics, presented by the Thomas More RC school to Teresa Stockley in 1982/3 by W.P. Hartley, the headmaster), and bought it, then stuck it on the shelf with all of the other recipe books and proceeded to forget about it....

'Recipes For Living' by Dave Scott and Alan Roberts (Wildwood House, London, 1979) has an air of self publishing about it, with chapters on Wholeness, Life Force, Life Force and Nutrition, Diet, An Analysis of Foods, Chemistry of Foods, The Anatomy of Nutrition and Excercise, followed by sections on basic recipes and Japanese cooking. I think that covers everything...... :)

Anyhow, I recently took it down to look through it and discovered this recipe for granola, a breakfast meal I've been buying a lot of since I returned from a trip to the US a few years ago. The problem was that I didn't really enjoy the commercial versions and wanted one of my own. I looked thro the vast selection on the Spark recipes site and nothing grabbed me.

So, I'm making this after a week searching for the more elusive ingredients. It seems to be a recipe to feed a whole family for a year, but I'm sure I'll get through it, eventually!

Here are the ingredients, in their words:

Scant 10 fl. oz (275ml) vegetable oil
8 oz (225g) honey
Scant 10 fl. oz (275ml) hot water
8 oz (225g) coconut
1lb (450g) wholewheat flour
1lb (450g) rolled oats
4 oz (100g) soy flour
8 oz (225g) wheat germ
8 oz (225g) sesame seeds
1 tablespoon salt

Mix the liquids, dry mix the rest, mix all together then spread over a large baking tray and bake for 2 hours on 250 degrees F (gas mark 2)for two hours, stirring occasionally. Split and store in airtight containers.

OK, I added dried mixed fruit and ground hemp seeds, too, as well as some maple syrup, and I had to use three big trays to bake it in!

A sneaky taste of the mix tells me it's nothing like the commercial stuff! I'll update when it's baked and cooled, but it smells amazing.

I'll eat it, as usual, with sliced banana, and any fresh berries I can get my hands on- oh, and all mixed together with a healthy portion of kefir yoghurt.

But for now, I'll have to wait- the gym calls me!

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend, friends!


Edited to add photos!
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