Today is a better day for cooking than gardening. So here is a new favorite recipe.
My cousin Barb and I reconnected at a family reunion a few years ago. We had not seen each other since we were teenagers and were amazed to discover how many interests we had in common. Cooking is one of them, so she always includes a recipe or two in her Chistmas card to me. I've made her granola recipe a number of times since the beginning of the year and Mark and I are totally addicted to it.
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup (4 oz.) slivered almonds
1 and 1/2 cups raw pistachios
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup olive or canola oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
3/4 cup chopped apricots (add these after baking)
Bake at 250 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until golden
If you've never made granola, you just mix all those ingredients together and spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake. I used two big sheet cake trays which made it easier to brown everything evenly. Since I am trying to cut down on sweets, I cut the sugar in half but left the syrup.
When I really want to treat myself, I put a couple of spoonsful of Barbie's granola over a container of Dannon's Toasted Coconut Vanilla yogurt (the Oikos traditional Greek style). Heavenly.