I’m having fun reading all the blog posts of people’s fun Halloween night, and enjoying all the cute pictures of everyone dressed up! Some people really do have a talent for making costume and being creative, I love it! We were going to put out our decorations and have candy for trick-or-treaters, but unfortunately, I spent the evening with my head in our toilet. It was rather unexpected, but when “morning” sickness wants to come, it comes. My wonderful husband, as always, rose to the occasion and took care of Caidoc, and ran errands for me while I was er, otherwise occupied.
I recouped well, thankfully, and Caidoc had a good night’s sleep, which meant husband and I had a good night’s sleep. We really needed it after this week. The best thing to wake up to is a delicious and nutritious breakfast, but until Caidoc is old enough to make breakfast in bed for us *yeah, right haha!* Husband and I usually choose sleep over getting up and slaving over food. Luckily, we usually have homemade granola that is super yummy, incredibly filling, delicious warm or cold, and fits our dietary (and time) restrictions. It truly is a breakfast of champions. It’s an old family recipe to boot! I remember my mom making it all the time when we were little. It’s what we ate when we woke up and sat at our big round table 🙂 I’ll share the recipe with you today:
10 cups of quick cook oats (I use Bob’s Red Mills Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats)
2 cups of honey
2 cups of brown sugar
2 cups of olive oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups of shredded coconut
1 cup rasins
2 cups sliced almonds
2 cups blended walnuts
1. Place all oats and nuts into a dutch oven and mix well (a dutch oven is what I use, you can use any oven safe pan too I assume, but the dutch oven works the best in my opinion) and place in oven at 350 degrees.
2. Heat till liquid and blended on stove; olive oil, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey. (Tip: use the same measuring cup for the olive oil and honey, but measure the olive oil first. That way, all the honey comes off easily AND quickly from the measuring cup. No waste!)
3. Once melted, pour the liquid mixture over oats and stir ( I highly suggest removing the pan from the oven altogether, it can be tough to stir).
4. Place back in oven for 45 min- 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes
5. Remove and add raisins and coconut for additional 10 minutes (or till most coconut is light brown)
6. Let cool in pan, stirring occasionally. It will start to clump a little, that is ideal.
7. Remove, once completely cool. I store mine in gallon bags so its easy to get out.
8. Serve with milk and enjoy!
I buy the oats in bulk at Cash and Carry, right down the road. They have tons of Bob’s products real cheap! It saves a bucket of money.
I buy honey, olive oil, and brown sugar from Costco, also in bulk, for the same reason.
Everything else I get from Safeway, since I don’t use the other ingredients all that often.