Possy has been eating my granola!
Ok, I should probably backtrack.
My dad loves animals. Since he was young he was always the first person to try and pick up the snake or bring the stray animal home. He has been the president of the koala care commitee in our area and is the first person who gets called when there is a snake anywhere at work (he is a teacher and works in a school on the outer suburbs that has a big agricultural department and lots of wildlife around). When my sister and I were little, when most girls were getting dolls and makeup for Christmas and birthdays, we were getting bug catchers and ant farms… and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
So when my parents were on their honeymoon over thirty years ago, it was only natural for my dad to try and pat the possum that they saw outside their room on the way back from dinner one night (because why wouldn’t you pat the wild possum?). However, when dad approached the possum, it bit his hand and has henceforth been known as Possy and blamed for all those little annoyances that have happened in my family’s lives ever since. TV remote gone missing? Possy took it. Keys misplaced? Possy moved them. Block of chocolate for my friend’s birthday get opened, a peice taken and the resealed so that I wouldn’t notice and would go on the actually wrap it up and give it to my friend? Possy did it.
Every few weeks I make mum and I a big batch of delicious, super charged healthy granola with whatever goodness I have in my pantry at the time to put on our yoghurt. Lately, though, the jar has been emptying at an alarming rate, even though we have not been home enough to even eat it. When I asked dad if he ate it, he blamed Possy…
I think I might know who Possy is.
- 3 cups oats
- 1/2 cup raw buckwheat
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup almonds chopped
- 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
- 2 tbls chia seeds
- 2 tbls flax seeds
- 2 tbls psyllium husks
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut chips
- 2tbls maca powder (optional, although it has amazing health benefits for energy and fertility)
- 1tbls cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cardamon
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2tbls coconut oil
- Heat oven to 150 degrees Celcius.
- Mix all the dry ingredients and spices together in a bowl. Combine the warm water, honey and coconut oil and add to the dry ingredients. Mix together.
- Spread the mixture out evenly onto a baking tray and place in the oven for 35 minutes, turning the granola every 10 minutes to get an even golden colour.
- Remove from oven and let cool before placing into a jar.
- Feel free to vary with the quantities and add whatever other seeds and nuts (e.g. sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, pecans etc.) you wish into the granola. I usually just use whatever I find in the cupboard.