Homemade Granola

Pumpkin Granola

My favorite variation so far: pumpkin spice granola

My eyes have been open to the world of homemade granola; safe to say I will never buy a box of the stuff again.  My mom introduced me to Tom Browkaw’s recipe last week and we are currently in a fierce granola showdown to see who can create the best rendition of the adaptable recipe.  I have made 3 batches so far, using different combinations of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.  All the basic recipe calls for is wheat germ, old-fashioned oats, sesame seeds, shredded coconut, your choice of nuts, vegetable oil, honey, and dried fruit.  I like this recipe because it is simple and very flexible. Continue reading

The Perfect Mix

Dried cranberries, candied walnuts, almonds, and M&M’s

Everybody knows trail mix is essential on a camping trip.  You need fuel on those long hikes and appetizers while you’re waiting (forever) for the fire to get going for dinner.  You’re gonna go through a lot of trail mix and if you buy the packaged variety, suddenly your low-budget camping getaway can become a financial burden.  Luckily, there’s no secret to making your own trail mix in bulk Continue reading