Julie Reinhardt will probably reject the notion that she is the perfect person, but I will put forth that theory anyway. Her granola is just the latest example of a life being exceptionally well lived.
Julie is a physician. She is mother to Renee and wife to Len. Len has been renovating their house for – oh, I don’t know – more than a year? Maybe two? That woman has not uttered a single peep of complaint. She single-handedly resurrected the Women of St. Paul’s from a dry and dusty group that met one Sunday a month to hear speakers to the fun-loving, wine-tasting, appetizer-happy group it is today. She is the Children’s Sermon lady every Sunday at the 8:45 service. She makes 300 turkey and arugula mayonnaise tea sandwiches each and every year for the English Tea. She is a fabulous cook, a witty conversationalist and pretty as a picture, inside and out.
And I always learn a thing or two from Julie. Like how to make my own granola. She made some for the Women of St. Paul’s Bake Sale in July and I bought a bag. It was the perfect combination of not-too-sweet, toasty, full of nuts and seeds – the way I love my granola. So as I parceled out the good stuff a fourth of a cup at a time so as to stretch out the duration of my granola happiness, I asked her for the recipe.
This is super easy to do. Excluding the oats, water, honey and oil, you can adjust it to fit your preferences. More nuts or less, wheat germ or bran, coconut or no coconut, fruit or no fruit. Whatever.
- 4 cups uncooked old fashioned oats
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- ¾ cup wheat germ or oat bran
- 1 cup coconut
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup honey
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- Optional: 1-2 cups dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
- Combine the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and coconut in a large bowl. Sprinkle the water over the dry ingredients, then add the honey and oil.
- Wipe out the measuring cup that was used for the oil onto a roasting pan and lightly grease the pan and your hands. Using your hands, combine the honey, oil and dry ingredients until evenly mixed.
- Pour the mixture into the roasting pan and bake for 1 hour, 45 minutes or until the granola is golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Cool and add chopped fruit if desired. Store in airtight container.