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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Granola Recipe


Granola is very easy to make. I make it a couple of times a week. All that is needed for standard granola is a few basic ingredients: oats, wheat germ, salt, oil, and sugar.

I flake my own oats, but you can skip that step and simply purchase rolled oats.

granola:

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup optional ingredients
1/4 cup liquid sweetener such as maple syrup, honey, or molasses
3 Tbs. flavorless oil, such as vegetable or canola
1 Tb. water

I mix the dry ingredients together and put into a hot oiled pan on the stove. Often I do all of this in one huge cast iron skillet, which can go from stove top to oven.

I combine the wet ingredients and stir them into the dry. I squeeze together pieces to make them “clumpy.” If I am using flavorings (listed below), I add them to the wet ingredients.

After they have cooked for about 15 minutes, I place them into a dry oven (about 250-300) and allow it to dry (about 15 minutes). I stir in any additional ingredients and let them cook in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.

Let it dry and cool before storing.

Optional Additions:
sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut flakes, raisins, dried fruit (blueberries/ cherries/ apples/mangos/etc)

optional flavorings (about 1/2 - 1 tsp):
ground ginger, almond extract, orange zest, vanilla extract, cinnamon, etc

Once you get used to making it, don’t forget to have some fun and try different variations of flavors!

Posted in food, simple living

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