Do it yourself

10 Feb

ImageI should probably have bed sores.  Seriously.  I have been attached to the same spot on the couch since Friday afternoon.  I guess you’re supposed to cut yourself some slack and make out with your couch on occasion and do things like watch entire seasons of The West Wing and 30 Rock.  Where’s the job that allows me to do things like that all week, huh?  Where?  Whatever.  I guess I can dream.

Speaking  of dreams…in my dreams, I’m one of those people who does things like make their own ketchup and mustard.  I wouldn’t worry with things like how many plastic bottles, boxes and bags I’m throwing out each week.  Why?  Because I’d have everything stored in cute little glass containers I bought from some cute little store in my neighborhood.  I wouldn’t think about the amount of corn syrup in anything I’m eating because I wouldn’t make anything with corn syrup.  Sigh.  In reality?  I’m too lazy for that.

But I have moments.  This weekend I was looking through one of my favorite cookbooks for inspiration and came across a recipe for granola.  I had a tiny little dream that I’d start making my own and stop buying bags of the stuff at the grocery store.  I mean, you guys, it’s really expensive to buy bags and bags of granola each week.  If I made my own each week it’d be totally cheaper, right?  Well, maybe.  Either way?  The granola recipe pulled me away from my TV and got me inspired…at least until the Grammys come on later. 

WHAT?

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut

1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup wheat germ

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1 large egg white

1 1/2 cups dried cherries or other dried fruit of your choice

How?

Preheat oven to 300.  Mix all ingredients except for egg white until mixed well.  Beat egg white until frothy, then combine with dry ingredients until well distributed.  Spread single layer over baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 45-55 minutes.  Half way through the baking take the baking sheet out and stir granola around a bit to make sure it’s cooking evenly.  Once the granola is finished baking let cool completely and store in an air tight container.

Y’all?  This is real delicious.  I forgot to add the egg in to the recipe, so just know that if you don’t have an egg or if you’re vegan…it’s all good.  Leave it out.  We’ll see if I continue doing this in my effort to save the world…

 

6 Responses to “Do it yourself”

  1. stephanie/the kosher foodies February 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    mmm, homemade granola is so much better than store-bought, plus it’s cheaper!

  2. Chani Richmond February 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Whitney, did I ever tell you that you are the coolest person I have ever met?! You are my hero! Home-made granola!! I’ll be happy if I had time to drink my eight glasses of water!

    • jewhungry February 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      Lol! You give me waaaaaay too much credit. This post was actually written by Jeremy, my recently returned co-author 🙂

  3. jessica/the kosher foodies February 13, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    i love homemade granola! this recipe looks great

  4. Tamar Genger @joyofkosher February 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    I can’t remember when I ever just spent a day laying on my couch watching tv and these days I can’t imagine it happening without a computer in front of me too.

    • jewhungry February 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Ha. Me either. This post was clearly written by my childless co-blogger, Jeremy

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