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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Simple Snacks: Homemade Granola

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Granola is a favorite snack amongst outdoor enthusiasts simply because it’s light weight and high in calories.  However, this popular snack is not only filling, but can also be considered a healthy, multi purpose snack since it can be used in muffins, used as a cereal, as yogurt toppers, and made into granola bars.  Why not save a few dollars in your grocery budget and make your own fresh granola with ingredients that you have in your pantry.

The best thing about granola is more ingredients can be added to satisfy your taste.  Enjoy this simple granola recipe that will please even the pickiest of eaters. 

Easy Homemade Granola

  • 2 c. regular rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. flaked coconut flakes
  • 1/2 c. coarsely chopped nuts such almonds, pecans or peanuts
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c. honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 c. cooking oil
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • a dash of almond extract
  • a dash of coconut extract
  • 1/2 – 1 c. of dried fruit of your choice (dried cherries, apples, bananas, cranberries, raisins, blueberries are a great choice)
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips (optional)


1. Combine all the ingredients and stir thoroughly.  Add to a baking sheet
2.  Cook at 300 degrees for 20- 25 minutes, or until lightly toasty.  The granola will crisp up more once it cools.
Makes 6 cups

BBQ Sauce for Canning

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Having BBQ sauce around the house is having a jar of summer sitting on the shelf. One of my favorite easy summer time meals is well browned turkey burger about 2 lbs, a jar of BBQ sauce, and a small jar of salsa slow simmered in a crock pot. Served with soft hamburger buns, pickles, coleslaw, and chips. An easy summer night meal that pleases.

1 cup ketchup (home made or non fructose corn syrup)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons chopped onion diced small
2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon liquid mesquite smoke
1 pinch crushed celery seed
1 pinch mustard powder colemans or fresh ground
1 teaspoon smoked paprika or hot hungarian

Grind Spices in a coffee grinder and roast in sauce pan 15 seconds add rest.
Cook until brown sugar is dissolved and onions are cooked.
*FOR CANNING* multiply this recipe times 8
Put sauce in clean hot jars and water bath process for 30 minutes.
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