I’m sitting trying to decide what to write today, while staring at the most magnificent of sunrises. The grass is covered with the frost of early winter and the sky is ruby red with hints of gold.
Care to join my train of thoughts? I’m thinking…….
….That I remember my dad telling me recently about an old sailor’s rhyme that he learned in the Navy that goes ‘Red in the morning, sailor take warning. Red at night, sailors delight.’ ……and that I was skeptical until it has rained heavily every time I’ve noticed a pink sunrise since he said it…….
…That I wish I could capture it on camera in a way that would do it justice……That I can’t, because I am not one of those amazing photographer’s that always seems to know what settings to use or one of those inspiring bloggers that manages to make a picture of a crumb feel moody…..
….That those people’s lives aren’t really how they make them look on the internet and probably just as un-pretty as yours and mine in the real world……….and that it would be nice if life could actually look like that anyway…….
Now I’m thinking that this is an odd way to write a post and that I’m not sure about it……..maybe I’ll erase it all and start over……….I’m not erasing…..and my fingers keep typing……
…..Apparently, I’m sticking with what I’ve got……..hmmm, now my mind is kind of blank…….oh yeah, granola!….
…….this granola was really good even though the name sounds like hippy food……….it makes me realize that I am a bonkers crazy for not making granola more often….granola is good with so many things…..like in parfaits!……or as a quick snack on the go…….or as a crust for pies…..
…Ooooh pie…I need to make pie soon…Do you like pie?…..I like pie….pie is nice….
……bunnies are also nice……I want to hold a fluffy bunny right now…….
….I should probably stop this post soon or everyone will find out how crazy it is in here….. but you should make this granola ……..and then eat a big huge bowl of it……with plenty of milk……and maybe a side of pie….
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups cooked millet (hulled or unhulled)
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup oil (I used sunflower)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener such as honey, agave, maple syrup, or palm syrup (or a combination)
- 2/3 cup dried figs, stems removed and cut into pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and warm 1/2 cup of chosen liquid sweetener, in a small saucepan or microwave safe bowl. Pour into a large bowl and stir in oil, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add millet, oatmeal, and flax and toss to coat everything well. Spread out in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 to 15, until the granola is almost crisp. Remove from oven and carefully pour back into bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons sweetener and dried figs, then stir to coat everything. Pour back onto tray and bake for 5 - 10 minutes until crispy.
- Remove tray from oven again and use a rubber spatula to press the granola down as if to make bars.Return pan to oven and turn off heat. Allow to cool with oven, try not to open oven for at least 1 hour even though it's tempting.
- Once cool, gently break apart granola into clusters. Store in an airtight container.