We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about vegetarian food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.
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Dear Aunt Nettie,
I know it's easy to buy granola in the market or health food store, but I really want to make my own and add more nuts and seeds than the commercial kind. I also don't want honey in my granola. I'm a total vegan. Do you have a good recipe?
Howdy there, Harmony,
Well, darlin', y'all knows you kin count on me. I been whippin' up granola fer years, but I never called it granola. My family jes called it homemade cereal, we did. An' the fixin's is easy as pie. Now, mind, the recipe is a mighty big one. What you'll need is mighty big bowl 'less ya cut the recipe in half. All's ya do is measure an' put-er into the bowl.
I must say I'm mighty tickled ta see young folks cookin' 'stead o' relyin' on ever'thin' comin' out of a package. I knows yer gonna have a fine breakfast.
Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie
A great morning starter packed with nutritious ingredients, this earthy granola offers tantalizing taste, plenty of crunch, and zero hunger pangs until lunch. The recipe makes an extra-large quantity so you'll have plenty on hand.
Nutty Granola is one of the delicious recipes from Zel Allen's cookbook The Nut Gourmet; Nourishing Nuts for Every Occasion published by Book Publishing Company in 2006.
3 cups (720 ml) pressed barley or rolled triticale
1 1/3 cups (320 ml) oat bran
3/4 cup (180 ml) millet
2 cups (480 ml) dried grated unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups (360I ml) maple syrup
2 cups (480 ml) chopped dates
Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.
Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.