Blogger Next Door: California Raisins

Janelle of Talk of Tomatoes shares her quick and easy granola recipe, a family favorite.
Posted March 13, 2013
Talk of Tomatoes Granola


My brother emailed me mid-breakfast to say: he and [my 7 year old niece] Lily were enjoying my homemade granola—and Lily would like the recipe.

I had given all of my siblings a little stash of homemade goodies for Christmas, and my homemade granola was part of each gift. This versatile granola recipe with raisins is not only easy to make, but I venture to bet: better than any store-bought granola.


Talk of Tomatoes


For you, Lily Kate:

 with Raisins

4 cups oats
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1/2 cup brown sugar
pinch salt
pinch cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
 to taste
optional: dried cranberries/cherries/blueberries/apple

Oven to 300 degrees. In large bowl mix first five ingredients. In a small bowl, blend honey, oil and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and stir to blend. Spread in big pan and place in oven for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally. Keeps for a week sealed at room temp, or frozen up to 3 months.

My other raisin recipes: raisin pumpkin breadraisin-studded blue cheese coleslawrum raisin cookies and 5 raisins dessert recipes


Janelle MaioccoJanelle Maiocco
Talk of Tomatoes

Wielder of knives, pitchforks and the occasional martini, Janelle is a trained chef, urban farmer and food blogger. When not teaching cooking classes, visiting farms or snapping photos of food, Janelle can be found gardening and/or canning like a madwoman. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two teen sons and seven chickens.

Favorite Way to Eat California Raisins: For dessert: soaked overnight in rum, then tucked into whiskey bread pudding. For lunch: in a chicken curry wrap with all the trimmings.
Twitter: @TalkofTomatoes


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