Sunday, 31 October 2010

Home-made Granola, Vase Jackets, Cushions etc

I started making EasiYo probiotic yoghurt a few years ago as I liked the idea of the 'good bugs' and it being freshly made rather than sitting on the supermarket shelf for days. I used to eat if with fresh fruit each morning until I was introduced to Granola by my daughters. Now I also make my own granola and as it disappears very quickly ( Hubby has also started eating it) I usually need to make it alternate weekends.
Here's today's effort.

I don't follow the recipe too strictly and this week I discovered a snack packet of mixed fruit, seeds and almonds in my local Co-op, so I added that in for a change. So long as it all clumps together it's fine!
If anyone is interested in the basic recipe here it is:

300g rolled oats
100g flaked almonds
100g pumpkin and sunflower seeds
100g dried fruit or berries
2 tbspns pine nuts
50 dessicated coconut
2 tbspns vegetable oil
 2 tbspns runny honey
1 tspn vanilla essence
120ml maple syrup

Add all the dry ingredients (except the coconut) to the wet ingredients
 and mix thoroughly. Spread out about quarter inch thick onto lined baking 
sheets and cook in a hot oven (160 degrees C) for approx 10-15 minutes 
until just browned. Remove and stir in the coconut. 
Return trays to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes or until crunchy.
My tip: keep an eye on the trays in the oven as they can quickly get 
burned. I do like my granola to be crispy -  but not scorched!
Allow to cool before storing in an air-tight container.

I think the shape of maple syrup jars can be quite unusual. 
I had one with it's own glass handle and regret throwing it away. 
So to do my little bit of recycling today, I washed out my 
empty jar and used it as a vase.

But I'm still deciding exactly where it should go!

I quite like this idea too of covering glass jars with
pretty knit or crochet jackets.....
....I found these on Ravelry

I might just give that a go one day.
I also love these free patterns from Rowan

There's not enough hours in the day for what I would like to do!


  1. Definitely not enough hours in the day! The Granola looks delicious - a batch of that and I might find myself eating it for lunch and supper too.

  2. I LOVE Granola..will defo try this recipe Ann, thanks for sharing. And when you do find that elusive time thing, I'd like half a dozen of those Union Jack cushion covers!!

  3. Hi l'll agree with that one....never ever enough time for everything love those cushions and that Granola looks yummy
    Hugs Suz x

  4. Your granola looks really yummy. Thank you for dropping in on my blog. I often have quieter times with bad weather but this week I have encouraged my customers to put off coming til next week cos we are having carpets fitted this weekend and the more sewing items I have the more I would have to move out of my look out next week :-)
    A x



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