I'm not a huge fan of Granola (p. 353). It's just not something I'm drawn too. I don't even like granola bars.
The few times I've eaten granola or oatmeal for breakfast, I've added so much cream and brown sugar that it no longer resembles a healthy food. Honestly, I'm pretty sure you could add heavy cream and brown sugar to cardboard and it would be edible. I've had the ingredients on-hand for TJOC granola for probably a year and managed not to make it because it didn't seem that interesting and I have an irrational distaste for recipes that include "wheat germ".
I toasted rolled oats in the oven, stirring them occasionally so they didn't burn. I then mixed wheat germ, almonds, coconut, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds in a bowl:
In a pan I heated vegetable oil and honey:
I mixed all three together and spread them out on a cookie sheet:
I watched them like a hawk, stirring every five minutes, for 45 minutes. They went from perfect to burnt in about a minute:
They don't look burnt in this picture but the granola was definitely overcooked. It was very frustrating because it took so long to make! The mild burnt taste was eliminated by copious amounts of heavy cream and brown sugar but I imagine most people don't eat granola that way. It's hard for me to judge this recipe--it seems like a pretty typical granola.
I threw the burnt sections outside for the squirrel that lives in our tree, who seemed to really enjoy it. Random fact for the day--did you know that squirrals live at least five or six years and their number one cause of death is being hit by cars? I love squirrals. They are the cutest vermin.
Yes, I have a squirrel on my lap in this picture, with another sneaking up behind :)