I try to always have client gifts on hand at all times. These gifts range between fresh flowers cut from my garden, to homemade cookies, to homemade granola and even fresh tomato tarts when I am overloaded with fresh garden tomatoes in the summertime. My clients invite me into their homes on a daily basis and I try to never to arrive empty handed. Recently, I made a large batch of granola that I packaged up and brought with me to my client meetings. Granola is one of my favorite things to make, or I guess I should say assemble since there really isn't any cooking involved. It's simple to create a big batch of it and for me it comes out differently every time since I use more of a ratio formula to use up what I have in my cupboard instead of a rigid recipe.
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
- 2 cups chopped nuts ~ I've used pecans, walnuts and even pistachios
- 1 1/2 cups dried, chopped fruit ~ I've used dried cherries, cranberries, raisins
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup good, local honey
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Toss the oats, coconut, chopped nuts, and chopped dried fruit together in a large bowl. Pour the vegetable oil and honey over the oat mixture. (To prevent the honey from sticking to the measuring cup, I measure my oil first and then the honey, the honey will slide right out of the measuring cup. I promise) Add the cinnamon, and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated with the honey and oil. Pour onto a sheet pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool and then package into bakery bags for gifts or an airtight container for your pantry.