Rolled Oats have been a part of my life as long as I can remember, they were a staple at my grandparent’s house, and to this day I can remember the ritual my grandfather would as her perched over over the kitchen stove…..the pipping hot porridge would be poured into our bowls, and he would add a tiny drop of brown sugar to my bowl, and a then tab of butter with a sprinkling of salt to his. I grew up floating between my public adoration of Lucky Charms and my secret love of Rolled Oats. My children no longer share my love of porridge (regardless of how much brown sugar I sprinkle or stories I tell) they are a year into their love affair with modern cereals, but they still make time for granola, and this month to celebrate National Oatmeal Month, we have gone ga-ga for granola in our home.
Like candied nuts, there is very little you can do to spoil granola (bar burning it) making it a delight to cook with…let creativity guide you, inspiration lead you and then let your taste buds celebrate the bounty of your efforts.
This Crunchy granola is great by the handful and is dry to the touch. For a sticky version that is ideal for shapes and toppings follow the directions below.
Granola for Toddlers
Blitz your granola in a food processor for a few minutes to create a fine pulp, add another 1/2 cup of Maple Syrup and shape into flat discs before returning to the oven and baking for 5-10 minutes to create cookie like biscuits ideal for teething toddlers, or better yet, add to cupcake trays before baking. Will store up to a month in a cool dry storage container.
Granola Cerial or Ice Cream Toppers
Blitz your granola in a food processor for a few minutes to create a tiny pulp, add another 1/2 cup of Maple Syrup and shape into tiny balls before returning to the oven and baking for 5-10 minutes to create hard bite size balls. Allow to cool, store in a cool dry place for up to a month. Serve with milk for a healthy cereal, or least we forget, these little balls turn vanilla ice cream into a midnight snack worthy of trumpets & silver bowls.
After adding a half cup of extra Maple Syrup, place in a brownie tray and return to the over for another 10 minutes of baking. And then remove from the oven, allow to cool and then slice into bar shapes. Will store for up to a month in a cool dry storage container.