“Mom! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!” That was the response of my five year old when I sent her upstairs just a few moments ago to check on my one year old.
My stomach instantly became nauseated as I imagine what disaster I will find as I run up the steps two at a time. I found him in the girls bedroom covered from head to toe in hair conditioner. It is all over a stack of library books, smooshed all over the carpet with a nice trail that leads into the bathroom where he squirted at least half the bottle into and all over the toilet.
If I were a better blogger, I would have grabbed the camera so you see for yourself, but I was a bit overwhelmed and frustrated at the time. I’m sure all you Mom’s can picture it on your own having been through similar situations yourselves.
This amazing recipe is made once a week in our house and I make a double batch. It doesn’t last a day. We LOVE granola and this is so much better (and cheaper) than what you can buy in the store. What is great about this recipe is that you can change it every time and try all kinds of variations. We love it served with fresh fruit and vanilla yogurt.
2 C whole oats (not quick)
2 Tb brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tb canola oil
1 Tb water
1/4 C honey
1 C additional ingredients
1 tsp additional flavorings
Additional ingredients: coconut flakes, pecans, walnuts, almonds (all nuts must be unsalted and raw), flax seed, raisins, craisins, dried fruit
Additional flavorings: vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon, orange zest, ground ginger
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix the all the ingredients together in a large bowl until all the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
2. Spread onto a greased sheet pan and bake for 26-30 minutes, stirring completely after the 10, 20, 23, and 26 minute mark. After 20 minutes in the oven, it browns very quickly so watch it closely and keep stirring until golden brown all over.
3. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
My favorite version includes 3/4 C coconut, 2T flax seed, 1/4 C chopped pecans, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. I add dried fruit to the individual servings since not everyone likes it.