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My Favorite Granola for Austin Bakes for Austin November 29, 2013

I’m not much of a baker, but I always try to donate my time, and sometimes home canned items to Austin Bakes.  We’ve raised money for the survivors of the Tsunami in Japan, the Bastrop fires and most recently, the explosion in West, Texas.   This time, its a little more personal – Austin is baking for our own, the survivors of the Halloween Day flooding of Onion Creek.

So, I decided to bake, and thinking that some people might be sick of sweets after Thanksgiving,  I made a granola recipe that has been a hit with friends in the past.  It is adapted from a recipe for granola I had at the Inn at Occidental, in Occidental California, some years ago.  The original recipe is:

Homemade Granola

5 cups uncooked oats

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cop broken walnut meats

1 cop chopped pecans

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup wheat germ

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1 cup safflower oil

1 cop honey

1 cup raisins

1 cup currants

Toss everything together, reserving raisins and currants, mixing well.  Heat the honey and oil, and pour over and mix well.  Spread mixture onto cookie sheets and bake at 325 for 20 minutes.  When cool, add raisins and currants.

My version omits the wheat germ to make it gluten free, substitutes organic, virgin coconut oil for the safflower oil to make it healthier, omits the raisins, because they gross me out, and substitutes dried cranberries for currants, in an ode to the holidays.  Granola isn’t a hard and fast recipe anyway, so take your liberties where you want or need.

Seeds, nuts, oats

Seeds, nuts, oats

Lightly browned

Lightly browned

Dried cranberries added

Dried cranberries added

The granola is now all bagged up, labeled and ready for you!  There are no prices at any of the sale location, it is donation.  Take what you want, and give what your heart wants you to give.  The granola will be at Foreign & Domestic location and at Springdale Farm.  I will mostly be at Foreign & Domestic, so please come say hello and get some granola!  The sale goes from 10:00 – 2:00 at all locations except Springdale, where the sale will take place from 9:00 – 1:00, concurrent with it’s Saturday Farmstand.  100% of the funds raised will go to the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Granola ready to go!

Granola ready to go!


2 Responses to “My Favorite Granola for Austin Bakes for Austin”

  1. Dana Wesson Says:

    This is the BEST granola–we love it! You should seriously consider going into business with this!

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