Thursday, March 26, 2009

Crackers and granola

I took the day off today and decided to try making my own crackers.

It's been on my mind for a while because I'd like to have crackers made from local flour. And also because I'm trying to cut down on the amount of garbage/recycling we are creating.

I used this recipe. I still can't believe how easy it was! Mix all the ingredients, roll out, bake and that's it! I used local spelt flour from Little Stream Bakery (bought at the organic farmers market), olive oil and salt. Using butter would have made them more local but I like the idea of having vegan crackers. Also I just found out that you can get olive oil in bulk at the Herb and Spice on Bank St. :-)

After baking you get to break the crackers up into random sizes which I quite like. And they were really tasty! Here's what the finished product looked like:

Then since the oven was hot, I also made a batch of granola. The recipe I use is a modified version of the granola I would make every Saturday morning at the health food store when I was in highschool. Here's the recipe:

4 cups of oats (large, small or a mix of both)
1 cup of oat bran
1/2 cup of chopped nuts (I used a mix of walnut and hazelnut)
1/2 cup brown sesame seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of sunflower oil
1/3 cup of honey
1/3 cup of maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients. Pour into pans/cookie sheets so that it just covers the bottom of the pan and put in the oven. Stir regularly. After 10 mins start to keep an eye on it (granola burns quickly). Granola is ready when it is slightly golden. Remove pans from oven. Allow to cool and then break up leaving some chunks. Add dried fruit if desired (I often add dried cranberries).


Irma said...

The crackers look great....I wonder how they would store and for how long?

Green Grrl said...

Hi Irma, I suspect they won't last as long as regular crackers since there aren't any preservatives in them but I'm guessing they'd keep up to two weeks.

I'll let you know!

Eco Yogini said...

Ouuuu! I am SO going to try to make both! I bought some granola the other day and said to my Fiancé: "I can make this" but he looked at me like I was a little bonkers LOL (ok- my baking skills aren't THAT great). But I will definitely be giving it a try :)

Green Grrl said...

Hi Eco Yogini! You should def. give both a go. You'll be surprised how easy the granola is. And you can totally mix it up and make it your own (use different types of flakes e.g. rye, barley, wheat or add different types of nuts, coconut, whatever you like!). Have fun!

Anonymous said...

I tried the crackers - delicious. No way those are lasting 2 weeks around here! ;)

Morgen Peers said...

hey there. fun chatting the other night. did Laura pass on that book recommendation? Women+Gift Economy. just wanted to say hi. love your site. i'm going to pass it on to my gf - re: food stuffs! she's slowly blogging here: i'm at: . See you around!

Green Grrl said...

Hey Morgen, good chatting with you too! Thanks for the tip on that book. I've just downloaded it. Looks good. Have added yours and your gf's blogs to my feeds as well. :-)