Day: August 10, 2012

Thank you Granola

Tomorrow is the big race! All the preparation has been done and I think I am ready. Ready as I will ever be! It won’t be the fastest swim but I’ll get it done.  It will be super exciting when I finish but also a huge relief.  I wonder if I will ever be 100% confident that I can do these great things? Until I am every finish will mean excitement and relief.

Anyway, my trainer has kindly agreed to paddle for me and as it is somewhat of a thankless task I wanted to do something to say thank you.  But what do you get your trainer as a gift?  Tough question.  Certainly I couldn’t make her cookies or brownies! She also has a pretty strict diet (gluten and dairy free etc).

So after some thought I decided to make homemade granola for her.  I looked at a bunch of recipes online and then added my own tweaks. Next time I will probably make it a little bit sweeter but I think that is better for my trainer because she isn’t a big sweet fan.  Its a super easy process.

Homemade Vanilla Granola

Heat to 350

2 c rolled oats

1/4 c flax seed

1/4 c honey (I would probably put in more next time because it wasn’t quite sweet enough)

1 c diced almonds

3.5 tbsp canola oil

2 tbsp vanilla (I used my homemade vanilla)

1 tsp cinnamon

If you have dried fruit or coconut that would be good.

Mix all ingredients.  Lay out on cookie sheet with silpat or parchment.  Stir the granola every 5 minutes and cook until it looks golden brown.

 

It’s honestly as easy as that and to think how much people can charge for it!

spread them out on a cookie sheet and then bake
Finished granola (this batch had some dried cherries)
The finished package