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Whole Earth Catalog Granola


My mother has always been ahead of her time, especially when it came to food.  Way before flax-seed, puffed millet, quinoa, and roasted soy beans were part of the hipster food scene, she was ordering these items from Walnut Acres and having them delivered to our house.  I remember leafing through The Whole Earth Catalog as a seven-year old, even at that age I was smitten by the vast collection of items for sale. Everything you could need for a self-sustainable lifestyle.  Steve Jobs said “It was sort of like Google in paperback form” .  This granola was a staple in our house – naturally a catalog promoting self-reliance would have a granola recipe…

4 cups whole rolled oats

1 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup flax-seed

1 cup roasted soy beans

1 1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 cup nuts – I use sliced almonds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup bran (I omit)

1/2 cup oil

1/2 honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Pre-heat the oven the 325 degrees

  2. Combine all the dry ingredients

  3. Combine oil, honey and vanilla and heat in a saucepan

  4. Pour over the dry ingredients and toss until well coated

  5. Spread out on a oiled cookie sheet

  6. Bake for 15 minutes, stir and continue baking for about 5-10 more minutes or until the granola is lightly browned

  7. Cool the granola on the cookie sheet, it will crisp up as it cools

  8. When it is completely cooled store in an air tight container at room temperature

The changes/additions I have made:

Substitute half Lyles Golden Syrup and half maple syrup for the honey – it will make the granola very crisp, I prefer it.

Substitute melted butter for half the oil

Add raisins and other chopped fruit

Pumpkin seeds for the soy beans

Bottom line:  Add and subtract what you like, but keep the ratios.  The only thing I would not substitute out would be the oats .

whole earth

The front cover


Lyle’s is cane syrup – try using this in place of corn syrup in pecan pie -you will never go back..


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