Koinonia Granola

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My daughter recently made some yummy granola and inspired me to take out my raggedy More with Less cookbook and make some too! I used to make this when we lived in Singapore years back, where you had to make your own or do without. In fact, it was quite a feat there to locate all the ingredients, which made me enjoy it even more.

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I smiled at the penciled additions of my ambitious 30 something self….blackstrap molasses indeed. I have no idea where I found it in Singapore. Those children would be well nourished if it killed me!

I followed the recipe this time pretty closely, but I substituted some sorghum I had for the molasses and skipped the grape nuts since I didn’t have any. I rummaged around the cupboards and found sunflower seeds, cashews, some coconut, and wheat germ which had been in my big freezer for (ahem) a while.

After boiling the liquids, I cooled the mixture and combined it with the dry ingredients in my big Tupperware bowl (this is a large recipe).

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Then I baked it in three batches according to my revised instructions I wrote to myself. (250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes) Clearly, I had burned some granola in my time. It came out great tonight!

I especially love this recipe because of where it is from. Koinonia Farms is a Christian farm community in rural Georgia, begun by Clarence and Florence Jordan in 1942. Clarence wrote the Cottonpatch Gospel, popular with me and my friends in college, and we drove all the way down to South Georgia from Atlanta and visited there once. I think we imagined we might join up at some point. Koinonia (www.koinoniapartners.org) is also where Habitat for Humanity originated and is very close to Plains, GA, home of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. So, I feel a connection, and the granola recipe is delicious.

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Imperfect follower of Jesus, wife to the greatest guy in the world, Mom to five wonderful grown children, and happy Nana to their ten littles. Having grown up in the Deep South, I retain a love for all things Southern. I became an amateur cultural anthropologist during a significant time living in SE Asia and still get to travel the world on mission and for fun with my sweetheart. I love asking questions, cooking for my family, helping women breastfeed, walking in the woods, eating biscuits, and having deep conversations about things that matter. On my wishlist are reading more, playing the piano, painting watercolor scenes, figuring out my awesome camera, and writing to soothe my soul.

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