Sunday, August 4, 2013

Granola

Granola is such a versatile food - it can be eaten straight out of the bag, with milk and fruit, with yogurt, or as a dessert parfait.  I made some granola the other day, using a slightly-modified recipe from a friend.  
 



Mixing up the wet ingredients.


 

The dry ingredients.




Coming out of the oven, dry and crispy. 




With milk and strawberries for breakfast, mmmm.




I love putting almonds in my granola.



Granola


Wet Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or applesauce)
  • 1 cup honey (or maple syrup, or ect...)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat all wet ingredients together until sugar is melted.

Dry Ingredients:
  • 9 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups almonds (or any kinds of nuts you would like)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well.  Spread out on baking sheets (I had to use two) in a single layer (or at least as much as possible).  Bake at 300 degrees F, stirring often, until dry.  I baked mine for about 40 minutes, stirring about every 15 minutes.  Add 2 cups of dried fruit after baking (I like to add cranberries, but any dried fruit would do).  If you add the fruit before the baking, it has a tendency to burn.

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