So guess what? Last week was my birthday. I turned the big ole 37, woo hoo! My birthday was on Tuesday and my mom, aunt and the twins went out for a little lunch as Mr. Mother Thyme was planning a birthday celebration for me on Saturday. Well, low and behold two years of not getting sick, guess who got sick? Yep, me the birthday girl. We ended up canceling the soiree since I was in no condition to go out.
So instead of celebrating my birthday at my favorite Italian restaurant dining on Lobster Ravioli (my favorite dish there) and a well deserved glass of wine (or two), I stayed on the couch drowning my sorrows in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Red Velvet Ice Cream, a box of Kleenex and watched Bridesmaids. That movie was hysterical. I needed a good laugh after feeling horrible all day.
Anyways, enough of my pitty party. Let’s talk about food. That can always make me feel better. For Christmas I made a bunch of foodie gifts for my family. I think homemade gifts are so heartfelt . It is such a pleasure to give as it is to receive a gift of something homemade. One of the goodies I made was this Homemade Granola. This granola is full of flavors and is now my go to traditional granola recipe. I always have a batch of this made to toss on yogurt, to enjoy with milk or to grab a handful as an afternoon snack.
I have tried a bundle of granola recipes and this has become a favorite of mine. I love the big granola clusters you get when you break it up, perfect for snacking on or putting in my newest obsession, Lemon Chobani.
If you are like me you’ll find yourself snacking on this all day long! Enjoy!
Non-stick cooking spray
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup almond slivers
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup golden flax seeds
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl combine rolled oats, almonds, pecans, coconut flakes, walnuts, cranberries, raisins, flax seed, cinnamon and salt and set aside.
In a small saucepan combine vegetable oil, honey and brown sugar over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract.
Pour mixture over oats and stir until all oats are covered. Spread granola evenly on to prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, stir granola and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally until golden brown. Let granola cool completely on a wire rack. Break in to clusters and store in an airtight container.