Since this blog is about the minutia of my life, I’ve decided to add recipes for the food that makes up the backbone of our daily diet. It’s more exciting to write about the new and unusual things I’m cooking rather than the everyday fare, but the everyday grub is important, too—it gives us a solid diet baseline from which I can experiment and it prevents me from ending up with starving (or bloated) children. And besides, the everyday grub is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.

Adapted from the Simple Granola recipe in The More-With-Less Cookbook

Note: this recipe is also posted here.

I ate it as a baby, my mom says. She just soaked it in hot water and then put it through the food mill. Mr. Handsome mixes it with homemade yogurt and jam for his morning break. Yo-Yo Boy is learning to make this all on his own. We eat it a lot. This recipe lasts us about a week.

14 cups oats (I use half quick oats and half rolled oats)
2 cups sugar
2 cups whole wheat (or cracked wheat if you want more of a crunch)
2 cups raw wheat germ
1 tablespoon salt
1 ½ cups canola oil
1 3/4 cups water

Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the wet. Spread the mixture on two large ungreased cookie sheets that have sides. Bake at 250 degrees for several hours, stirring occasionally until golden brown and crunchy. Cool completely and store in glass jars.

Yield: about five quarts.


  • Margo

    is this the granola I snitched from the jar at your house? I was going to print out the soaked granola recipe from paprikahead and then I noticed your comment on the post and I can't imagine having my oven tied up for 12 hours.

  • Anonymous

    Felicidades amiga!(on your column) Seeing the pic of granola in a jar reminds me of the granola we ladies in the "white house" would make and keep on the counter and dip into nearly every morning until it was gone. Now I have to use your recipe and make some with the kiddos.


  • Zoë

    Hmm, thanks for linking to this in your comment on my granola recipe. I forgot you posted this. I'll have to try it for the kids.

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