Friday, October 24, 2008

You can call me a granola girl if you want

Earlier this week I made homemade granola. I've been wanting to do this for several months, but kept forgetting to hunt for recipes. Well I finally did it. The end result was delicious and it was super easy to make. A good bowl of granola with milk has always been one of my favorite breakfasts -I like it both cold and warmed up in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. It also tastes great with vanilla yogurt (which is how I had it this morning). It seems at least slightly cheaper than box cereal to make my own so that's nice too. I adapted my recipe from three I found online at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, The Kitchen Sink, and Curious Bird to come up with the recipe below. In future batches, I hope to try and make the granola a little more clumpy, however, from what I have googled this seems a little tricky. And the taste is the most important part right? Here is the WIP (work in progress) recipe I used. I am sure the next time I make granola, it will be slightly different, but customizing your own is half the fun!

4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned variety)
1/2 cup coconut (most recipes called for unsweetened, however, I had sweetened on hand already so just used that and it didn't taste overly sweet)
1/2 cup nuts (I used almonds and hazelnuts)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tb honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup brown sugar (although next time I'll probably try more than this)
pinch of salt
2 cups raisins (or any other variety of dried fruit)
1 Tb maple syrup (most recipes called for real maple syrup, but I didn't have that and didn't want to pay for it either so I just used the fake kind, it turned out fine)
2 Tb water

Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients except dried fruit. Whisk together wet ingredients. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and mix until well covered. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet with ridges (so the granola won't spill over the edges). Bake 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Stir every 10 minutes. Cool pan on wire rack. Once cooled, add raisins or other dried fruit.

See doesn't that sound easy?


maryann0094 said...

Your photos are so nice - I really like the look of your blog.

Cat said...

I've always thought about making granola but never have. Maybe this weekend . . .

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