I've been making homemade granola for a few months now. However, since my neighbourhood supermarket stopped carrying old-fashioned oatmeal, my routine got disrupted. I don't really understand why they only have the quick-cooking and minute oats because these two varieties are generally not great for baking. Well, I don't really enjoy the inconveniece of travelling further to my local bulk store to buy oats but turns out there is a silver lining.
I noticed today that the bulk store carries rye flakes and spelt flakes. They look almost identical to oatmeal except for different shades of brown. I experimented with a blend of oats, rye, and spelt for my granola recipe and I am quite happy with the result. There is no discernable taste difference because the maple flavour is quite overpowering. However, knowing that I get to consume a variety of whole grains in my morning cereal without any extra work? Well, that surely makes me feel a little virtuous. The road to eliminate refined grain products such as white flour and white rice from my diet is not an easy one. I do miss eating fluffy white bread (pain de mie....mmmm) but having delicious granola everyday for breakfast really makes things a little easier.