Here Andrea Belcham shares a recipe from her book Food and Fellowship: Projects and Recipes to Feed a Community. For more information about her book, see her interview in this edition of Rhythm of the Home.
This is a recipe I use often, both for my CSK customers and my own family. It makes a lot of granola, so it’s suitable for a batch cooking group.
(Yield: about 14 cups)
¾ cup honey or maple syrup
¾ cup coconut oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
8 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
2 cups sunflower seeds
2 cups almonds, chopped
1 cup sesame seeds (I preferred unhulled, or “natural”)
1 cup unsweetened shredded or desiccated coconut
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup sultana raisins (you can substitute with unsweetened cranberries or chopped dates or dried apples)
Preheat your oven to 300F. Prepare two large cookie sheets by greasing them with a light oil (like sunflower oil).
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil and honey/maple syrup. Whisk in vanilla until well blended; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (except for raisins); mix well. Pour in the oil, drizzling it over the complete surface to distribute it evenly. Stir until all dry ingredients are coated.
Spread the granola equally between the two cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and stir the granola around with a spatula. Return to the oven for another 10-20 minutes, checking often after 10 minutes to see that it’s become as golden as you like it. Watch the edges as they will brown the fastest.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the cookie sheets. Stir the granola around with your spatula to break up large chunks and sprinkle on raisins.
I store my granola in the freezer, in several large freezer bags.
Andrea Belcham is the author of Food and Fellowship: Projects and Recipes to Feed a Community, as well as the co-founder of Stone Soup Cooperative, a community-supported kitchen in the Montreal area. She lives in Quebec with her husband and 4-year-old daughter.