I remember exactly the first time my mother served some new fangled food called granola. It was July 6, 1968. My husband and I were visiting my parents at the time. When we came down to breakfast that morning there it was, in a pretty bowl on the kitchen table next to the orange juice. It looked like some sort of crazy mixed-up cereal.
My husband, suspicious of anything new, took a pass on it. My father just looked amused and ate his daily breakfast of bacon and eggs without saying a word.
Mother cheerfully served some to me and I liked it. I REALLY liked it.
I dont know what inspired mother to make granola. I dont know whether she went on a sudden health kick or just wanted to be on the cutting edge of the latest culinary trend, but Im guessing the latter. Mother wasnt a tree-hugging, yoga-loving, health food nut. She was quite the opposite actually.
Id love to know where she got her recipe because its a good one. She copied it down for me on a convenient piece of paper the tear-off calendar page from that day, which is why I know exactly when I first tried it.
Today when I make mothers granola I still use that very yellowed calendar page. Its pretty sad looking now, all folded and spattered, but her handwritten recipe is still as good as gold.
This recipe makes a big batch but dont worry, it wont last long. My favorite way to enjoy granola is to eat it right out of the bowl. Its a great snack food. I also like it for breakfast with milk poured over it. Either way its delicious.
Mothers granola is chock full of good healthy ingredients but youd never know it. This may just be the perfect food. Its crunchy, sweet, AND good for you. Who knew? Who cares? Just enjoy.