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Homemade Granola

June 8, 2010

This weekend, I decided Max and I would make homemade granola. I’ve tried a few different recipes, and liked all of them, but this one, adapted from Orangette’s recipe, is my favorite so far. I’m not really into granola, but I crave this stuff. It’s good dry, in yogurt, or with milk. I usually eat it with skim milk for breakfast. The kid likes it dry in a baggie as a snack. I bet it’d be fantastic in ice cream.

We start by combining a bunch of dry ingredients in a very large bowl. This recipe calls for a lot of old fashioned oats, 2 to 3 cups of nuts, some seeds, brown sugar, some spices, and a little bit of salt. Just dump them all together and give it a good stir to distribute the spices, sugar, and salt evenly.

Nina - surprisingly - seemed very interested in this whole process

So was the dog, but no one was surprised by that.

Next,in a smaller bowl, we combine the wet ingredients. These include honey, a little oil, apple sauce, and maple syrup. The original recipe called for brown rice syrup, but I can’t seem to find that where we live, so I substitute maple. Pour the wet stuff into the dry, and mix it thoroughly. You want everything coated.

Spread the granola onto two pans. You don’t need to grease or line them. Put them in a 300 degree oven. We have a double oven, so I put a small pan in the top and a larger pan in the bottom.

Bake in the oven for somewhere between 30 to 50 minutes. Every 10 minutes, stir the granola and rotate the pans. When the granola has turned a nice golden brown, remove from the oven and set on the counter to cool. The granola will be a bit soft at first, but will harden up as it cools. Spoon into a large freezer bag and store in the fridge. It will keep a long time, but when this is in our house, we eat it up in a matter of days.

Mom Thinks: This is easy to make, and makes the house smell incredible while it’s baking. It’s kind of expensive, though.

Max Thinks: It’s very good and sugary. I like it and we should probably make it again.

Recipe:

Dry ingredients:
5 cups rolled oats
2 cups raw pecan halves
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup hulled raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
¾ cup sesame seeds
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt

Wet ingredients:
¾ cup apple sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
¼ cup honey
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (we use canola)

Preheat the oven to 300.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Dump the wet into the dry and stir thoroughly to coat evenly. Spread onto 2 baking sheets, and bake in the oven for at least 30 minutes. Every ten minutes, stir the mix and rotate the pans to try to cook it all evenly. Remove from the oven when the mix is golden brown. Allow to cool completely, then transfer to a large plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator.

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