Golden, crunchy goodness.
I just love granola. Especially I love chunky, nutty granola with raisins in it. While I’m still working on finding THE perfect granola recipe that fulfills all my wildest granola fantasies, here’s a basic granola recipe that I’ve found to be foolproof and delicious. You can eat it with any type of milk (almond milk is my favourite). Or, something my husband likes to do is just stir in applesauce and no milk, which is also very tasty.
7 c oats
1 c wheat germ
1 1/2 c cocoanut
1/2-1 c white flour (optional; use if you want it to clump)
1/2 c agave or honey
3/4 c melted butter, margarine, or olive oil (can use half applesauce)
1/2 c nuts, chopped
1 c sunflower seeds (or to taste)
1 c dried fruit, chopped up if it is not already small (like raisins)
Mix well, starting with all the dry ingredients. When they are combined, add the agave/oil. If it is too dry, add a little water as needed.
Now, here’s where most recipes will tell you to put the mixture on cookie sheets, and here’s where I say DON’T put the mixture on cookie sheets. Unless you want burned granola. Here’s what you do: you take two 13×9 pans, split the granola mixture evenly between them, and pack it down.
Bake at 275 for 20 minutes. Take out the pans, stir the contents up, and return to the oven for another 20 minutes. When that time is up, stir in your nuts and sunflower seeds and return to the oven for as long as it takes to finish cooking. You’ll know it’s done when it’s quite dry to the touch, but not petrified.
Once it’s done baking, stir in whatever dried fruit you have chosen to add. Let it sit out to cool completely, stirring occasionally to expedite the process. Put it into a tightly sealing container of some kind to store it.
NOTE: I don’t store it in the freezer/fridge because it goes so fast around here. If you think it might last a month or more at your house, fridge might be a good idea so the nuts don’t go bad before you eat it.
And, here’s a bonus recipe. Using the recipe above, I tweaked a few things and came up with….
The same first 4 ingredients PLUS 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
Reduce oil to 1/3 cup and add 1 cup pureed pumpkin. Instead of agave, use molasses.
Walnuts or pecans for the nuts
Raisins for the fruit (if fruit is desired)
You want another one?
CINNAMON RAISIN GRANOLA
The same first 4 ingredients PLUS 1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 c molasses or other sweetener
1 c Walnuts for nuts (skip the sunflower seeds)
1/2 c flaxseed
And, of course, raisins.
Have fun playing with granola and let me know if you come up with any tasty combos of your own!