09 November 2011

Honey Granola - Request for tips

Need a snack fix and not feel guilty? Garrett popcorns too expensive for you? Cheetos makes your teeth yellow? Here's a quick fix! Granolas. Get it in the oven in 8 minutes tops. Bake for 20 minutes, mix it around, bake for another 20 minutes. Smell that? Yeap, it's done! Take it out from the oven. Let it cool. And you've got your snack and breakfast.

Right at this point, I would like to share with you a happy parcel I received from my mother. (Thanks mom!) I'm nothing but a mere junior at all of this. Hence, when friends asked me how did i manage to produce pretty pictures, I was embarrassed. I look forward to playing around with these new little gems. However, before i begin, I need tips from you (yeah, YOU) pro's! So, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave me some tips/ comments on how to improve my pictures or email me or poke me or something. I'll send you a lollipop! 

A few things I can't alter: 
1. Stupid angles where the daylight chooses to shine in my apartment. 
2. My running speed to chase after the ever-so-changing angles of the morning sun.
3. My camera lens.
4. I have no clue on how to use the P's F's V's X's whatever they are :(  (if someone can teach me)
5. My ability to learn no. 4.
6. My ability to annoy people in 5 seconds. (If this matters)

Back to the Granola, this is my second try with Granolas. Unlike the previous "Honey Granola without Honey", I followed the recipe. I would have to admit my previous try was as yummy but less healthy. This tells you... tweak the recipe, heck, re-vamp your own and just play around. 

3 cups (300 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup (75 grams) whole raw almonds
1/2 cup (45 grams) raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup (45 grams) raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (30 grams) sesame seeds
1/2 tablespoon (5 grams) wheat germ (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
1/4 cup (60 ml) canola oil
1/2 cup (120 ml) honey
2 tablespoons (25 grams) light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup dried fruits (cranberries, cherries, apricots, dates, figs, and/or raisins) (optional)
In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, ground cinnamon, and salt. 

In a small saucepan, stirring constantly, bring just to a boil the water, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together, making sure all the dry ingredients are coated with the liquid. 
Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 25 -40 minutesor until golden brown, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly. (The browner the granola gets the crunchier the granola will be.
Place on a wire rack to cool. You will notice that the granola may still be sticky when it is removed from the oven but it will become crisp and dry as it cools. 
Make sure to NOT break up any large clumps of granola while the mixture is still warm. Once the granola has completely cooled, store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks (yea, right.... no.).

Puppy Eyes,


  1. I love all of the tips and your mom is awesome for sending you all that stuff! I'm jealous ;)

  2. Yum. This granola looks so good. The recipe sounds scrumptious. Whatever you're doing, it seems to be working!

  3. @ Sydney: My mom was really nice to go to the trouble :)

    @ Russell: Thank you, russell!

  4. just found your blog and it's making me hungry! I have a light scoop which can be pretty handy. It bounces the flash off the ceiling and can be quite natural looking. Not too expensive either.

  5. Oh, how I have struggled with photography. And to think that you're feeling the same way - when you have such gorgeous photos on your blog! I think I'm going to roll a professional photographer, and not let him/her go until I've learned everything there is to know about aperture, iso and shutter speed...

  6. @ thingsforboys: hmm. i looked it up! and i must say... i'm starting to look for one!

    @ movita: when you do so, please leave me a few tips too!!! :) Your photographs have absolutely no flaw, dear!

  7. jess, time will tell that your photography skill just there, needed a lots of passions and a lots of practice to make it perfect :)

  8. Mummy is always BEST, don't you think? :-)
    Your granola looks yummy, and don't worry about the photography, it's all about practice...I am not that good myself either, but I still enjoy snapping away ;)

  9. Oh yum, this granola looks awesome. I'm a total sucker for honey and anything served in jars so it's win-win.

    And I think you're photos look great! I'd say photography is more about practice than anything. <3

  10. I just adore your pictures...-keep on making them-...that is my advise!

  11. @ Ira: Passion, we must never forget it! :)

    @ Christy: MOMMY is best! Practice, then!

    @ Megan: Thank you Megan! I'd make more jar-thingies if these jars were easier to find!

    @ lavieenfribourg: You crack me up every time!!

  12. You have such beautiful pictures! That's a great idea to get a bunch of fabrics! Wanna know a secret? I use my clothes as tablecloths. I think getting just big swatches of fabric would save me from having to do laundry quite as often... Keep up the great work!!

  13. @ goshthatssovegan: haha! Well then you must have tons of beautiful clothes! Thank you! :)

  14. I love homemade granola and this looks especially delicious...

  15. I still haven't made granola yet - I need to do it soon. Thanks for sharing ;-) I am with you on the photography, it's all about time and practice :)

  16. @ thelittleloaf: thank you :)

    @ Yudith: Thank you!! :) Love your photography

  17. Beautiful photography and the granola looks delightful. You will have fun with all the lovely fabrics your mom sent. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

  18. @ Lynne: Yes i did... too many options make choosing difficult! I still have my share of fun though :p

  19. Hi Jes, your post and photos reminded me of my trip to Macao and Lisbon. My eyes are drooling!

  20. @ Joe: Thank you for visiting back! Macao and Lisbon! Wow...

  21. I think I'm going to move into your blog! I'd love to live here!

  22. @ Anna: That made me laugh! :)

  23. Hi Jesica! You have a nice blog here! Thanks for leaving your comment in mine so I could discover yours! :)

    About photography - I advise you to start using the aperture priority mode and you will discover a whole new world out there ;)

  24. @ Marju: I would try that tomorrow! Thank you Marju!! I love all your pictures!!!

  25. I just finished reading the book "From Plate to Pixel" and I can't begin to tell you how it has helped my food photography! It has everything you could ever need to know, including what all the crazy camera settings are in layman's terms. Your photographs are already much more beautiful than mine were when I started, so I can't imagine how wonderful they will look as your blog grows. Can't wait to follow you and your beautiful blog! - Melissa's Munches

  26. @ Melissa: Oh! how much i wanted to buy that book!!! I almost bought it several time, I love Tartlette. I think you've just convinced me to buy it... shipment always costs a bomb... but it would be worth it! :)

  27. will try this out for sure, really have to agree with you on the things you can alter. except no.5 :P this is my work. www.facebook.com/seanschocolates

    1. @ Sean: indeed.. indeed haha.. But you know.. btw! your works are crazy! So much breads!


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