Monday, December 13, 2010

Granola



Freshly made granola is becoming a classic in our home. It sure is a great way to have Real Food without all the things you can't pronounce and at a fraction of the price.  To give you an idea of how much granola is eaten here, we are about half way through a 25 pound bag of organic rolled oats from Azure Standard that we got in mid-September. I have slowly merged several recipes, one from my friend Brittney, into the following standard. I hope you give it a try!

Basic Granola
6 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
3/4 to 1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar or another sweetener like rice syrup
1/2 cup vegetable oil, olive oil or coconut oil
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup nuts
1/2 to 1 cup dried fruit

Mix dry ingredients (all but nuts and fruit) in a large bowl. Whisk wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour into large bowl and mix. Dump all on a large tray or split into two - it shouldn't be thicker than 1 inch. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir and bake another 20 minutes. Stir in nuts and bake for another 20 minutes (60 total). Stir in dried fruit, put back in oven for a few hours with the oven off.

Note: if you like clumpy granola, add more water, which will clump the ingredients together more. But, this may also increase your baking time.

Variations
Cherry Vanilla: use dried cherries, pecans and lots of vanilla
Maple Walnut: use maple syrup, walnuts and sesame seeds
Orange Cranberry: use orange juice in place of water, orange extract and dried cranberries
Coconut: use coconut oil, coconut extract, add some unsweetened coconut flakes and is great with some chocolate pieces.

1 comment:

  1. Here is another great recipe:
    http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2010/12/a-week-of-elving-tuesday.html

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