Monday, September 19, 2011

homemade granola recipe+humboldt county=the hippie in me

I am totally going to go off on a tangent about one of my favorite places in the world, but first I will give you my recipe for homemade GRANOLA.
I tried several different recipes, and took tidbits from each, to come up with my very own personalized recipe that is perfect for my family.

Rachel's Homemade Granola


8 cups oats
5 cups wheat puffs (see below)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup flax seed flour
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup honey
1 cup olive oil
1 TB cinnamon
1 TB vanilla
2 cups craisins


1. Heat oven to 325. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. Spray with Pam.
2. In a saucepan, mix salt, brown sugar, syrup, honey, oil, and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, then add vanilla. (Never boil vanilla, or it'll ruin its flavor).
3. In a large bowl, combine oats, puffs, wheat germ, flax seed, almonds, and coconut.
4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture. Stir to combine. 
5. Spread out on baking sheets. Bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes, until granola is brown and crispy. Give it a stir around 20 minutes.
6. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then add craisins.
7. Store in airtight container.
8. Eat plain, with milk, or over yogurt. Enjoy!

Here's a picture of the puffed cereal that I used. It's organic kamut, which I bought at Whole Foods. I am guessing that you could even use a number of different things, including rice krispies, if you can't find this stuff.

On to one of the prettiest places in the world. Because it makes me think of granola sometimes...

My mother grew up in Humboldt County, California. My ancestors settled there, and are buried in the most amazing cemetary, which we visit every time we're in Humboldt. So many of my relatives still live there, and will probably always be there. A big part of my heritage is there, and I feel so much at home when I visit. I spent many summers staying with my great-grandparents in Eureka, playing with my cousins in Ferndale, visiting my mother's roots in Fortuna, and even a summer working on my Grandpa's blueberry farm in Honeydew. If you have ever heard of Petrolia or Honeydew, and experienced the windy drive on the Wildcat and along the Lost Coast, then your breath has definitely been taken away by its beauty.

Today, Humboldt is well known for many things. Among my favorites are the Redwoods, the Pacific Ocean, Victorian architecture, and then of course the hippies. I believe in peace, love, and freedom, and long for a more simple life.  There are some things about them that I don't understand or might not ever agree with, but still I can't help but be mystified by their culture. I love to hear the names some people give to their children... Sunshine Rain, Feather, Willow, Rainbow, Cosmic River, Lennon Karma.... I love to see the hippie vans decked out in peace signs and tye-dye with dreadlocked passengers. 

So there's my tribute to Humboldt County which I love so much and can't wait to visit again next summer. (The following pictures are from two summers ago).

Overlooking Ferndale.
The banks of the Eel River.
My Grandpa and my mom. He's the one who had the blueberry farm, where I worked for a summer with my sister and cousins.
 And this is my sweet Grandma Joan, who I love so much. She grew up in Ferndale, one of the most amazing places on earth!

The amazing Redwoods. Can you see my sister in the pink shirt?
Take me back....
A few of my ancestors were dairy farmers. I think Jersey cows are so pretty!
The Carson Mansion.
The Pink Lady.

Have you ever been to Humboldt County? What's your favorite memory?

I'm linking this post up to the amazing blogs here, including HomeStoriesA2Z, Remodelaholic, and Today's Creative Blog.


  1. Just dropping in from Tip Junkie - I'm right below you - now you've got my this in Washington State? I have heard of Ferndale, WA, and likely went past it many times as a younger girl...but maybe I'm off my rocker and you're talking about some place totally different! : ) At any rate, it looks like a gorgeous place...and your granola looks super yummy too! : )

    evie @ brown paper packages

  2. Your granola recipe looks amazing. I can't wait to try it.

    Enjoyed the tour. I hope to visit there someday. I want to stay at the Pink Lady.

  3. So beautiful! We used to drive up the CA coast from the bay area every couple of summers to visit family in Oregon. We loved the redwoods and the beautiful Northern CA coast. What a fun place to visit!

  4. I love granola and I was looking for a new recipe. Thanks for sharing this one. I will have to try it.

  5. ooooh this granola looks lovely! especially with the yoghurt. thanks for sharing!

    those pictures look so beautiful. it's rare for Brits like me to hear of these kinds of places to go in America but it would be nice to go somewhere other than the usual New York/Florida kind of places.

    the mansion house looks soooo pretty!

    Jenni xx

    (and came across your blog via remodelaholic!)

  6. What a wonderful post. Your granola looks delicious. Come over and visit us. We would love to have you. We have a terrific apple turnover recipe to share.

  7. How did I miss this post?? You are so gorgeous, you know that?! Thanks for the recipe, looks really delicious! And once again, thanks for sharing at Show & Share, my friend!

  8. Oh, girl...I'm so with you on Eureka and the CA coast! I was raised in Oroville...way inland from there, but spent MANY a vacation in all the places you mentioned. My brother and his family lived in Arcada for years. Now I'm in AZ (sob, sniff) and miss CA SO much! Thanks so much for awakening so many memories!

  9. Beautiful pictures (and the granola looks delicious). I went to college near SF and traveled around a little bit north, but I don't think I ever made it that far up the coast. It is so special how it is a part of your family's history.


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