Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I started serving my family whole wheat pasta (mostly spaghetti ) by adding a little more whole wheat to the regular pasta each time until finally all the pasta was whole wheat. No one said a word about it.

Now I am doing that with milk. Ike, my 13 year old, loves his milk, but that milk isn't very good for him. So I am slowly replacing the milk he drinks with rice milk. It will be interesting to see if he notices a change.

He is using that milk on the granola I made yesterday:

My Granola

I like this recipe because it tastes better than store bought, the kids can help make it, it has much less fat than other recipes I've tried, it makes the house smell wonderful, and it is so easy to make! We had friends over last night and served this for dessert with fresh fruit (strawberries and pineapple) and ice cream (for our non-vegan friends). They loved it.

Robin's Granola
In a large bowl mix:
  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup raw nuts (I like whole and chopped nuts: almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans - what ever you like)
  • 1 cup mixed raw seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, unhulled sesame seeds)
  • 3/4 cup All Bran Buds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
Mix together:
  • 1/3 cup honey (you can cut this to 1/4 if you like)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil 
Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture until well blended. Bake on 2 foil lined jelly roll pans at 325 at 15 minutes sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded coconut over granola and toast for 3 minutes (total cooking time is 18 minutes). Watch carefully so it doesn't burn. Remove pans from oven and let cool. Pour into bowl and stir in 1 cup dried fruit (craisins, raisins, etc.)

Store in airtight container.


The Mitchells said...

Mmmm, sounds yummy! Great job on your race Saturday!

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

Heehee your sneakiness is sweet. Try almond milk on your son- it's thicker than rice milk, plus no aftertaste (I don't like soy milk, though I can tolerate it).

You granola looks amazing. I feel like the blog world is encouraging me to make my own granola soon, too.

likesdirt said...

What are all bran buds? Have you tried a museli as well? That way, you don't cook the oats and nuts- I recently tried that, just pouring a liquid of some kind over it the night before, adding fruit and sweetner in the morning, and Its quick to pop a lid on if I'm going to work or anything.....

Rachael Jill said...

Yum. I will make this sans nuts. (won't be as good, but I like breathing...)

Melissa said...

I love homemade granola! Plus, it is way more economical. My kids would choose granola over any cold cereal. :)

Milk... oh Milk. You remember the days of going through gallons and gallons a week? Would you have done rice milk then? I'm cringing at the thought of changing over...

Julie said...

Your granola looks yummy. I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!