Thursday, March 3, 2011

What's yogurt without a little....

granola

Making yogurt at home is not exactly a task for a toddler. There's too much temperature sensitivity and then there's the milk and glass jars that need to stay clean. Inevitably, Theo needs my attention just as the milk is reaching the near-boiling point and needs to be taken off the heat, or just when it has cooled enough to add the cultures. Seriously. It's like he has a timer in his head for these things. We've been able to work it out, which is good since that pretty jar of yogurt only lasted about 24 hours around here, and we made a double batch yesterday.

After the yogurt-making, I decided to make granola-- something easily incorporated into a kid's day (at least the dry ingredient parts). He had a blast mixing the different seeds and nuts and oats, while I stirred up the wet ingredients. We used a recipe I read about on other blogs, but with a few modifications so that I didn't have to go shopping. This is a "nut and seed" granola, and it is really not very sweet at all. I do prefer my granola with some kind of dried fruit, so next time around I'll add raisins or maybe some chopped up dried apricots. Here's my version of the recipe:

Nut & Seed Granola

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup almonds, sliced
1 cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch sea salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple juice
1 1/4 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Slowly pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, using a spatula to fold and evenly coat the dry mixture with the wet. Spread on a cookie sheet or in a shallow pan and bake. Turn granola every 15 or 20 minutes so that it toasts evenly. Bake until granola is dry and golden (45-60 minutes). Store in an air tight jar. (Adapted, but borrowed from SoulMama's post on granola)


Since my homemade yogurt is significantly more tart than the store bought yogurt, it benefits from a little evening out (actually, I'd benefit from a little evening out too, but more on that another day). Often sliced fruit will do the trick, or a little honey, or a little jam. But adding this granola is a major treat, since it not only adds the slightest touch of sweetness (just sweet enough to not actually taste sweet, but to counter the tartness somewhat), but it adds body and crunch with the seeds and nuts.

eat & be merry-
E

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