The late ’70’s and early 80’s were tough times for me, financially. I was a young mother and in the early ’80’s found myself a single mother with very little income. The economy was tough, so I did everything possible to make my dollar stretch from weeding folks’ gardens for some of the produce, to helping out in the local coop (which has now grown into a very noteworthy business ~ Boise Coop) cutting blocks of cheese and making granola. In exchange for my services there, I was given a 20% discount off of my purchases.
My favorite recipe for granola that they had available there was called “Lola’s Granola.” I loved the coconut flakes, two types of grain flakes and variety of nuts that went into making it. I was happy to earn my discount by making this recipe. It turns out that the recipe’s name comes from a comic stripe character! The syndicated comic strip Bloom County had a free-spirited hippie character named Lola. She was Opus the Penguin’s fiancé. Like Lola, this recipe is whimsical and free-spirited in its own right….
This is that recipe:
1 cup each: rolled oats and red wheat flakes (rolled wheat)
1/4 cup flax seed
1/2 cup date pieces
1/3 cup each: sunflower seeds, toasted almond, roasted cashews
1/2 cup raisins (I like to use both white and dark raisins for color)
1/2 flaked coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon each: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves
1/2 cup honey
1/2 coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly
- Turn out onto parchment paper lined baking sheet
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, turning the mixture once at the 7-minute mark until nicely toasted.