Sunday, November 22, 2009
Gobble up Some Granola
I posted a recipe for granola bars a while back, but I've also been making homemade granola for a long time. Yogurt topped with this is my favorite snack - Alfred and I both eat it nearly everyday! Once every two weeks I make a big batch and store it in a plastic bin in my cupboard. I also keep a small container of it in my office at school :). The recipe below is very easy to personalize - use whatever (and however much) dried fruits and nuts you like, substitute honey for the agave, use other rolled grains in place of the oats, and substitute other spices like nutmeg or ginger for the cinnamon and cloves.
6 Heaping Cups of Old Fashioned Oats (don't use quick cooking oats)
1 Cup Shredded Coconut
1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Walnuts
1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Almonds
1 Cup Agave Nectar
1/2 Cup Molasses
1 Heaping teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Cloves
1/4 Cup of Flaxseed Meal (Optional - and you could substitute Wheat Germ)
2 Cups Dried Fruit - I often use a mixture of cranberries, raisins, apricots and/or dates
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, coconut, and nuts. In a large measuring cup (or bowl) combine (I use a whisk) the agave, molasses, spices, and flaxseed meal. Pour the agave mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine - this might take a few minutes, the dry ingredients should all be lightly coated with the agave. Dump the mixture onto a large, rimmed baking sheet - spread it out evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and stir. Return to the oven and bake another 20-30 minutes, until golden brown and nicely toasted.
Stir in the dried fruit, and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in an air tight container.
Great on yogurt, but we also gobble it up by the handful!