This isn’t the first time you’ve heard me extol the virtues of home-made granola. I’ve touched on the topic of making granola with friends so much so, that I am pretty sure that a good number of you have added it to your cooking together repertoires. In fact, everyone around me seems to be making granola together — even my Dad! I’ll say it again since it is well worth repeating — it’s truly a perfect food to make with your friends. You can throw it together in a bowl during playgroup or while a friend is over having coffee, with a minimal mess and in a short amount of time. Let it bake while you hang out, and the aroma of toasted oats and maple syrup will provide a perfect backdrop for your conversation.
With the economy struggling as it is, it makes sense to choose foods like granola — which are pricey when store bought — and make them at home in bulk. Adding other breakfast foods as well — pancakes, French toast, muffins, scones — to your “cooking together” favorites will save you money while feeding your family healthier, more diversified foods. It’s no surprise to me that food magazines, stores like Sam’s Club and other major food companies, are joining our Cooking With Friends trend and creating cooking clubs.
For those of you who haven’t yet tried making granola, I’ve put together this tutorial to show just how simple it is. As you know, I did all of my shopping at Sam’s Club for the ingredients, which is the ideal way to shop. Buying in bulk, sharing ingredients and splitting costs — there’s no better way!
Here is the video: