Friday, January 25, 2013

Crunchy Granola

Yum

I love Granola ... all kinds of granola! Today I made a very simple crunchy granola using ingredients you probably already have on your pantry shelf. 

Eat it as a snack all by itself, serve on top of yogurt, or mix some with milk for a delicious, crunchy breakfast cereal. So delicious!


You can mix and match the nuts and dried fruit to be what you like. Even add a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg; the choice is yours.


You can use Maple Syrup or Honey. Maple Syrup will not have the granola clump up and honey will, so that's up to you depending on your preference (I like either or).



Ingredients
3 cups Rolled Oats
1 cup Dried Cranberries, Blueberries, Raisins, Cherries, Apricots (mix it up how you like)
1/2 cup Nuts or Seeds of your choice (mix it up how you like - my favorite is chopped pecans or almonds)
1/2 cup Coconut, shredded
1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup or Raw Honey
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Oil (such as Canola)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon or nutmeg, optional

Method
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large bowl, stir to combine rolled oats, dried fruit, nuts, and coconut flakes (add spices now if using). In a separate bowl, stir to combine maple syrup (or honey), brown sugar, oil, and salt. Pour wet ingredients over the oats, and mix well.

Pour the granola onto a rimmed sheet pan and spread it out evenly with a spatula. Place sheet pan on a rack in the middle of the oven (not on the lowest rack). Bake for approx. 35 minutes, stirring halfway through the baking process.

Let the granola cool completely, break into pieces if you used honey, then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.




Enjoy,
Mary

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