Thursday, August 27, 2015

Trail Granola Clusters #thebookclubcookbookCC

Oh man have I been baking up a storm since the oven was back up and running. Plus the sink works and we have a DISHWASHER. I tell you I am in heaven.  I forgot what it was like to have a dishwasher. 

Today I have a yummy granola recipe for my August posting in The Book Club Cook Book.  As I mentioned last month this is a group where  each month a new book will be chosen from The Book Club Cook Book, a cook book that has recipes from many popular recent and older novels. The goal of this club is to pick a book a month and either make the recipe from The Book Club Cook Book or another recipe inspired by the novel. 

If you are interested in join see this post from Camilla, our leader.  There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post for The Book Club Cook Book.  For August our host is Andrea at Adventures In All Things Food. She choose Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. Although I have read other Bill Bryson books I had not read this one till this month. I thought this was kind of funny since this has been on my dad's bookshelf for as long as I can remember. Growing up we did a lot of nature vacations and walked portions of the AT. Being little we never did much but I felt like I could relate to some of Bill's more traumatic experiences. Nature and I don't seem to get along all that well when we are together.

Last month a member mentioned noting all the food mentions when reading the book. I thought that was a great idea and did the same as I read A Walk in the Woods. I was not expecting so many mentions of Snickers and Hostess cakes. In fact in time I read some of the book I was suddenly craving all sorts of junk food. Not so much the noodles though. It struck me that if I ever (not that it is really a potential) undertook such an adventure I would have planned way better food options. Primarily granola. So that is what I made for you today. 

Granola. Nutty Trail Granola. With cluster. Since clusters are way easier to eat when you don't have utensils. 

Trail Granola Clusters

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast snack oatmeal hazelnuts pistachios
Ingredients (1 gallon bag of Granola)
  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.

Whisk the oil and the honey together. Pour over the oats mixture and until the whole mixture is moistened. Pour into a large jelly roll pan in a single layer.

Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once. Bake for 10 more minutes and remove from the oven. Let it sit until it starts to cool - this helps keep the clusters.
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If you are interested in participating see this information post from Adventures In All Things Food

And be sure to check out some of the other bloggers joining in on the fun. 

A Day in the Life on the Farm      
Adventures in All Things Food    
Cheese Curd In Paradise               
Culinary Adventures with Camilla             
Life on Food       
Mostly Food and Crafts 
The Pajama Chef              
The Spiffy Cookie             
Things I Make (for Dinner)           
Tortillas and Honey         

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This month Andrea at Adventures in all Things Food, this month's host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!

One of our lucky readers - US and Canada only! - can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin. Giveaway runs from August 1st till August 31st at 6 o'clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

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  1. Granola is the best! this recipe looks fantastic!

  2. Your granola is waaaaay better than their snickers and noodles LOL. I think I will check out some more of Bryson's books....I still chuckle every time I think of this one.

  3. This is so much better than the junk food...on the trail and off. I've been making homemade granola bars for boys' lunches this school year. Thanks for sharing your granola recipe.

  4. You really can't beat homemade granola! I love everything that you've included in here. It was quite hilarious how much of a junk foodie his companion was!!! I loved this book.

  5. i love granola clusters! what a great hiking snack :)


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