Sunday, October 12, 2008

Granola

Alright, here's our granola recipe. It has replaced all packaged/boxed cereals in our house. It is delicious w/ yogurt or milk and makes a great bedtime snack! It's super easy to add things you like and take out things you don't. Really, any dried fruit or nut works. I keep changing it up and this week I added coconut. I think I'll toast it first next time...I wasn't crazy about the texture. Hope you like! :)

Homemade Granola:

4c. old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 c. sunflower seeds (raw is best)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. honey (spray measuring cup w/ Pam first)
8 Tbs. melted butter
pinch of salt
1/2 c. raisins (optional)
1/2 c. dried apples, chopped (optional)
1/2 c. toasted coconut (optional)

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet w/ waxed paper or parchment paper.

In large bowl, combine oats, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt: set aside.

In a small bowl, combing honey and melted butter, pour over the mixture. Stir well; spread on baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. As it cools it will get crispy and stick together. When cool, break up the granola and add raisins (and whatever other dried fruit you would like). Store in an airtight container. Makes about 6 1/2 cups.

I'm always trying different combinations and trying to incorporate as much healthy stuff as possible. A few things I'm trying to incorporate are wheat germ, flax seed, chopped nuts, raw pumpkin seeds, and a variety of different dried fruit....not all at the same time though! :) If I find a winning combination I'll let you know. But for now, here you have it. I hope you enjoy it.

2 comments:

Dixie said...

I am totally going to try this. My kids love just about any kind of snack mix so hopefully they'll enjoy this as well. Mine usually consists of fruit looks, marshmallows, cheerios, raisens, chocolate chips and pretzles...not exactly healthy granola but they do love it!

Rusty and Ann said...

Tried it, and wow, that is some good stuff! I want to try cutting back on the honey and butter some next time- won't be as fabulous, but maybe fit better in my diet! :) Thanks for a great recipe! Mmmm, fruit, granola, yogurt parfait. Gotta go eat some more now!

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