Honey Hemp Granola

Pronghorn are prevalent here, but what I get a kick out of are the bear.

They’re so smart. I’ve heard a mama bear will boost a baby bear into dumpster and Baby chucks out stuff. Funny picture! Our neighbors said they recently saw a baby bear wandering right past our front steps. I’ve seen nothing, but I’m convinced that that baby bear is going to get tossed in through our ground-level alley window after wafting remnants of our late evening suppers hit his nose. When this happens, forget the spinach sweet potato hot salad leftovers, no, the first thing Baby is going to pilfer will be my precious honey hemp granola.  We know how to eat, right, Baby?

Hemp hearts are full of protein, essential fats, vitamins, minerals and enzymes beneficial to health.  This granola is rich in all of the above but, too, because of the addition of steel cut oats, a less processed alternative to straight old-fashioned.

Honey Hemp Granola

  • 6 c old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 c steel cut oats
  • 2/3 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c hemp hearts (seeds)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T vanilla

Preheat oven to 300.  In a medium pan, mix water, sugar, peanut butter, olive oil, and steel cut oats.  

Cook over medium-low for about 10 minutes stirring frequently, especially once it starts to bubble, otherwise the steel cut oats will hang out at the bottom and burn.

This will caramelize the sugar  mixture and par-cook the oats, which would otherwise be like little rocks in your granola. Cook for about 10 minutes until it looks like this:

Remove from heat and add salt, hemp and vanilla. Put six cups of old-fashioned oats in a large bowl, pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats.  Stir to coat.  Spread evenly into a large baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. After 10 minutes stir every 5-7 minutes. The granola should start to brown slightly and when taken out of the oven it will firm up as it cools. Allow to cool completely and then store in an airtight container.

I served myself up a bowl like this:  1/2 cup hemp granola, 1 banana and 1/2 cup of chocolate hemp bliss.Yes, blissful!

Two asides: If you’re out of the vicinity of hemp seeds, feel free to replace them with sunflower, sesame, flax, etc. Not quite the same but delicious, I’m sure.  Secondly, the city of Raton is in fine form because the Rodeo is coming to town.  I am pumped.  There are stories to be told…

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