Mixed Nut Granola
Well it is finally happening! Spring has sprung! The short days of winter are almost behind us, and the activity filled days of summer are right around the corner! The most exciting thing of all is that our greenhouse is actually green now!
I know! How exciting! Soon we will be actually putting these plants right into our meals. A big part of my food philosophy is sustainability, which is driven largely from the farm to table (or garden to table) cooking that we are able to do at the Ranch!
Oftentimes I am asked why cooking farm to table is actually more sustainable than globalized food sourcing. Well there are so many reasons, but I will only share one here. One big reason is that we know everything that we put into our garden/greenhouse at the ranch. Kim Brooks, our gardener, is so thoughtful about how all the plants in our garden can work together instead of forcing things to grow with fertilizers and pesticides. Since larger factory farms in America use human produced fertilizers and pesticides, the average acre of corn grown in America in 2006 needed about 50 gallons of oil to grow! This is mainly due to the amount of energy needed to make the fertilizers and then transport them.
The best meals are the meals in which you have a connection to every ingredient on the plate. Whether you planted, harvested, or foraged all of the ingredients, you can take pride in the thought that your meal is making a positive impact!
With all of the excitement of farm to table summer cooking on the horizon, I still make everything I can from scratch with seasonal ingredients. Last month I shared my famous homemade bread recipe, and this month I want to share another staple recipe! A classic granola recipe! This granola is perfect for a breakfast parfait or just plain granola and milk! It is also great for a midday snack!
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Mixed nut Granola!
(Makes about 1 gallons' worth)
- 5-6 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups unsalted mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, really whatever nuts you want!)
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ cup sunflower, coconut or canola oil*
- ¼ cup honey
- ~1 cup of dried fruits (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a small saucepan over medium heat heat the honey until warm and runny, then take off the heat for later
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer combine the rolled oats, mixed nuts, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until combined Add in whatever oil you are using and stir until the oil coats all of the mixture
- Stir in the honey and make sure it is well mixed
- Dump granola mixture onto a large baking sheet, and press with a spatula until all the granola is leveled on the sheet
- Bake for 8 minutes in the oven, then take out of the oven and stir the granola on the pan. After stirring press the granola until level again and place back in the oven. After another 8 minutes take the granola out of the oven and stir/press granola one more time. Then place in the oven for the final 5-8 minutes until golden brown
- After taking the granola out of the oven press it with a spatula one more time, let the granola cool until it is cool to the touch.
- Once fully cooled, break up the granola with a spatula. The granola should be nice and crunchy!
Have a fun and clean month everyone!
- Chef Henry
*Big thank you to Andrew Olson (@_andrew_olson_) for taking some awesome food styling pictures with us!
*Also big thank you to Siena Atkins with @sienas_studio for providing us with great handmade plates to put our creations on!
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