A few months back we made the brilliant decision to move out of our (renting-been-there-far-too-long-greedy-landlady-tried-to-raise-the-rent-again-an-enormous-amount) apartment prior to heading off on an 8-week adventure.
The combination of downsizing eight years of stuff, packing all my work and craft things, moving it all into storage and packing for the aforementioned holiday nearly broke us, however it also meant I came up with some pretty interesting ways to use all the things in the cupboards.
In the midst of sorting out sample sachets and half empty bags and jars of dubious descriptions I decided the best way to use everything was to simply dump it into a bowl and make granola. It’s a good thing I hadn’t packed the big bowls yet…
When I was done with just the dry-goods miscellany (not even the reasonably new packets of rolled and puffed and nutty things) I had 12 cups — yes 12 — of mixed grains and seeds and nuts and shreds and who knows what else. So I moved on to the wet-goods portion of the clean-out, rounding up all the half bottles of oils and sweetener-type substances to bind the granola together.
The dry mixture was divided into three portions (4 cups each for those keeping score), flavours were stirred into the oil and sweetener, then everything was coated and baked. The recipes for Matcha Granola, Chocolate Hazelnut Granola, and Buttered Rum Granola will be coming your way over the next week or two — but in the meantime, there’s a basic whatever’s-in-your-pantry recipe below for those more daring/comfortable with almost-recipes. Of course you can always go exploring through the granola recipes that are already here, including Pumpkin Granola, Chocolate Granola, Macadamia & Coconut Granola, and Honey-Pistachio Granola. Breakfast is served.
Granola is a great way to clean out all the miscellaneous bags and jars and packets and bottles in the pantry. This (dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar free) recipe is a basic guide to making custom granola with whatever you have on hand.
- 4 cups dry stuff (rolled grains, puffs, shreds, chopped nuts, seeds, kernels, etc)
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/4 cup syrup
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup nut or seed butter
- 1 tsp spices