We are big campers, usually striving for about 3 camping trips per season. I love the outdoors, the beauty of nature, and feeling so relaxed and carefree. Of course, I don't love the bugs or the occasional loss of a pork chop to a raccoon, but as girls in the woods, we deal as best we can!
We are tent campers, and yes, that is our tent in the picture. We don't wear make-up or style our hair, and we wear technical shirts and zip-away pants. But one thing we don't skimp on is our food (uh, or cocktails)!
We take gourmet camping cooking to a new level, and I know (from a little internet surfing) that we are not alone. We do things like Italian sausage cooked over the fire, pasta cooked on our Coleman stove, and Caesar salad in a bag. We do French toast with bacon or sausage and fresh fruit. Every meal is different, sometimes meat, sometimes fish, sometime vegetarian. Always an appetizer, a couple of sides, and dessert. Late night snacks include peanuts with shells thrown into the fire, toasted marshmallows and s'mores, and jiffy pop popped over the fire. That last one is a tricky one!
With that, I give you my favorite homemade granola recipe. Not to be made at the campsite, but baked a couple of days ahead and brought along for breakfast. Enjoy!
This recipe is originally taken from an old cookbook I have from Country Living Magazine, Country Mornings Cookbook.
Crunchy Almond Granola
Makes 10 cups
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups wheat bran cereal
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 cup dark seedless raisins (or craisins)
1. Heat oven to 300. Line a large, shallow baking pan with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine the oats, bran cereal, almonds, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon.
2. In a 1-quart saucepan, heat the honey and oil just until bubbles appear around the side of the pan. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and toss until well combined.
3. Spread the granola evenly in the foil-lined pan. Bake 40-50 minutes, or until the cereal is golden, stirring it every 10 minutes. Stir in the raisins. Cool and store in an airtight container.
If you have a favorite camping dish, please share it with us in the comments.