For years and years, whenever I heard the word granola I would picture Birkenstocks, daily batches of homemade bread, charming wood stoves, and clothes hung out on a line to dry. In other words, I never considered that granola could be a part of my life because granola seemed to belong to a world that this modern, microwave mama could never aspire to.
I also had no clue what was in granola. Bean sprouts? Crushed eggs shells? Tofu? Bird seed? Mysterious, organic, naturally grown health foods? Exotic seeds and seasonings? Certainly no ingredients that would ever be stocked on my non-exotic pantry shelves.