The heat is beginning to become a real pain in the tush, don’t you think? I looked at the map today and determined that I shouldn’t complain because apparently we are all suffering from the dog days of summer – even Russia. So I will withhold any rants bubbling just below the surface.

Instead, let’s think cool thoughts. How about a bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt topped with toasty, crunchy granola? How about topping it with your own homemade granola? Even better, right? I’ve got just the thing for you. This granola is my FAVORITE because it’s not too sweet – in fact, it’s a little salty – an ideal partner to anything cold and sweet.

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Okay so, fair warning. Anyone who reads my blog already knows that I’m an eye-baller when it comes to recipes. It’s the best I can do. The good news is that when you’re talking about granola, you’ve got wiggle room. Feel free to substitute, add, and delete as desired.

My Granola

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F

Mix and heat in a small saucepan:
1/4 – 1/2 cup honey
1 tbs. vanilla
4 tbs. canola oil
1 cup water
1 tbs salt
cinnamon
nutmeg
about 2-3 tbs. brown sugar

In a large bowl combine:
1 cup shredded coconut
2 1/2 – 3 cups oatmeal
1 cup quinoa
2 1/2 – 3 cups whole almonds

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Once the liquid mixture is heated through, pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Lightly spray two baking sheets with cooking spray and spread the mixture out onto each pan.

Bake for about 1 hour or until your desired crunchiness. I prefer mine crunchy so I went the whole hour, taking it out every 15 minutes to stir.

After removing from the oven, add back to a large bowl and mix in about 1 1/2 – 2 c. dried cranberries. This will be more of a dried granola rather than clumpy.

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Now serve up the cold ice cream, top and enjoy!

7 Comments

  • Mmmm…I’ve never tried making my own granola but this recipe looks good. And yes, I am so sick of the heat!! I was so disappointed when we moved to Delaware from Louisiana and I discovered it’s almost as hot and humid here in the summer as it was there (but without the nice winter!)

    Oh, and the ultimate cool, creamy, sweet and salty combo? Vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce, bananas, Spanish peanuts, and whipped cream. The Spanish peanuts are incredible on it!!

    Sue

  • I hear you with the heat ~ the spray paint has been pushed aside and the beach has been calling our names! Anyway, your granola looks YUMMY! Now I want some ice cream…

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