home-made granola

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I finally made that granola and it was really worth it, I can see I will be making this regularly and I’ve just started to think of other uses for it and how it will enhance other recipes.  I based my recipe on an Alton Brown (Food Network) recipe that got high marks.  I changed it up a bit because I wanted to incorporate this wonderful raw blueberry blossom honey I scored at the farmer’s market.

I made a large batch of it starting with 2 lbs. of rolled outs.  I baked it and then separated it into two batches.  The first batch I added dried fruit (peaches, apples, pears and strawberries) that I had dried in my dehydrator and scooped it into a large glass jar for use as cereal, mixed into yogurt and just munching.

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The second batch I used to make granola bars and squares.  I halved this batch and added white chocolate chunks and cranberries, some more honey, syrup and vanilla extract.  I baked this in a pan and cut into bars.  To the other half, I added dark chocolate chunks and raisins and baked and cut into squares.

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I wasted nothing!  I even kept the “crumbs” that happened from cutting the bars and jarred those up as well – they are going to be so yummy on ice cream and as toppings for baked fruit and crumbles… if I can stop munching on them J

Get creative with this recipe, it’s a starting point and very versatile.  Play around with flavors and spices; add some cinnamon or nutmeg, dates, dried pineapple with ginger.  The flavors and possibilities are endless.

Another plus, if you are a crazy jar collector, as I am, think of all the fun jars you can package your granola in!  Another great home-made gift idea.

Homemade granola

Ingredients:

2 lbs. (32 oz.) rolled oats

3 cups of nuts (can be 2 cups of same or 1 cup of 2 different types of nuts)

1 cup sunflower seeds

2 cups of shredded coconut

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup (real) maple syrup

½ cup organic honey (I used a blueberry honey)

1/3 cup canola oil

2 cups raisins or cranberries or a combination002

2 cups assorted dried fruit (I dried my own and used apples, pears, peaches and strawberries)

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 F. Get out a couple of large baking sheet pans, the type with shallow sides, and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine, oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar and salt. Stir and toss and be sure to break up the brown sugar.
  3. In another bowl, combine the maple sugar, honey and canola oil. Add the liquid ingredients to the oat mixture and stir well.
  4. Spread mixture, in a single layer onto the prepared pans. Bake for an hour, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes.  If you are using a dark coated pan, bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and transfer to large bowl and add raisins and dried fruit. Mix thoroughly and spoon into a sealed canister.

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For Granola Bars follow above recipe up to step 4 then…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Add a combination of the following ingredients: Raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips, vanilla chips, or chopped dates.
  3. Add ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
  4. Stir well and transfer to a couple 13 x 9 pans, sprayed with cooking spray or greased well.
  5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, more for firmer bars, less for chewyer.
  6. Let cool and cut into squares or bars.
  7. Wrap bars individually in waxed paper and store in airtight container, or seal in plastic bags.

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(NOTE: don’t waste the crumbs that will collect while you are cutting into bars.  I put them in small jars to be used in yogurt, top ice cream, or to top baked fruit!)

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