January 15, 2011

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CAN-O-LA GRANOLA


Today, I'm pleased to introduce a fabulous recipe for homemade GRANOLA from my friend CK of Made By Bedtime Tales


I always feel inspired after visiting her creative and whimsical blog that she co-authors with her sister Becka.  A while ago, CK posted a recipe for Granola (one of my very favorite breakfast foods), and I asked if she'd be willing to share it with my readers in a guest post at Rook No. 17. 


Yesterday, my girls and I made a big batch of CK's delicious (and easy to make) granola. Just for fun, I decided to do some creative packaging to share the granola with friends and family.  


I used cans that had been opened with a "safety can opener".  I sterilized the cans and lids, then wrapped them in a strip of scrapbook paper.  I customized a cheeky little label:  "Can-O-La Granola" (because it's in a can, and is also made with canola oil -- tee hee!).  I also created an ingredients label to glue to the back.  

Next, I put a single-bowl serving of granola in a twist-tied cellophane bag inside the can.   The final touch was wrapping a ribbon around the can and affixing both ends to the top of the can with a sticker.  If you enjoy granola -- as a breakfast cereal, sprinkled on top of a yogurt parfait, or as a crumb topping on muffins -- you've got to try CK's recipe!  If you'd like to make your own "Can-O-La Granola" you can download my labels for FREE right here:.

click here:  INGREDIENTS LABEL


One note:  as CK mentions, she likes her Granola "chewy".  I prefer mine "crunchy".  So, the only thing I did differently than CK's recipe was the baking.  Instead of two 8 minute intervals, I did 10 minute intervals.  Then, I turned the oven off and let the granola sit in the oven for an additional 30 minutes (with the door closed).  

And now, I give you, CK:

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Hi there! CK here. I'd just like to introduce everyone here at Rook No. 17 to my homemade granola recipe. I must admit that this recipe did not originate in my head. I have a copy of the original tucked away somewhere but I have changed the recipe so many times and know it "my way" all by heart so I guess I can consider it mine. I really love this granola and so does my husband. It is a favorite breakfast, snack and desert item at our house! Enjoy!

Homemade, sweet, delicious goodness!  Addicting?  I THINK SO!!!
Here's what you need:



Dry Ingredients
5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup almonds, slivered 
(or another kind of nut you love)
1 cup flax seeds 1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup raisins or craisins 
(I like to use dried cherries as well)


Wet Ingredients
1 1/4 cup honey
1 cup olive or canola oil
(whichever you prefer)
1 tsp real vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all the dried ingredients in a large bowl.
The kids can help!


Warm the wet ingredients in the microwave until really warm 
(about 1 min)


Pour liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until it is all moist.
Spread on to 2 cookie sheets.  
If you have a baking mat, this is a good time to use it.
Bake for 8 minutes.  Open the oven and stir the granola around with a rubber spatula.
Bake for another 8 minutes.
Pull it out of the oven when golden brown.
I like my granola chewy.  If you want a more crispy, flaky granola, bake it for longer.
That's it!
YUM!



I like to store all this granola in a great big Tupperware bowl on the counter.
We eat it for snacks or in a bowl with milk for breakfast.
THE. BEST. CEREAL. EVER.
Love it!
-CK

10 comments:

  1. That looks really tasty - and I love your packaging :)

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  2. Oh my gosh, Jenn, are you SERIOUS?????? Wow. You made such a creative little container I will HAVE to make some for friends. What a smart idea. I'm so excited to try it, I feel like the recipe was made anew for me ;)

    -CK

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  3. Sounds really good! Can't wait to try it myself!

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  4. Your packaging is adorable! You've made me wish I hadn't gotten rid of my "safe" can opener (kept forgetting about it and using the regular one).

    The granola looks delicious! I'd like to try a batch of crunchy and a batch of chewy.

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  5. Jen, how yummy! Have you ever bought empty pain cans at Home Depot? They work great, too! I am having a Sweet Treat linky party today if you would like to link up! You are so creative. I love it! AND you used one of my favorite fonts!!!

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  6. Looks SO good. I grew up on that stuff. My mom made batch after batch! Really cute way to give it away...very creative.

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  7. That is the most precious packaging in the world. How long does it stay good for? I'd like to make it for Ben's breakfasts.

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  8. Your packaging is just lovely! Makes you really want to eat granola!! You should work for a big food firm designing packaging. This reminds me of the 70's when I was in my twenties, a young mom and making granola, macrame, and tye-dyed shirts!

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  9. Hi! Visiting from SITS. Great project - thanks.
    Best,
    Colleen

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  10. I have been hunting for a homemade granola recipe and am SO anxious to try this. And the adorable way you packaged this? TOO cute!!!

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