Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Granola

With a growing family, a big batch of granola, stored in a clear container on the counter is a good thing.
Using Ina's recipe as a base, I switched up the oil for coconut oil and used a bit less honey (1/4c) (Agave Nectar works too, I just add less because it's so sweet.)
Combine 4c old fashioned oats (not the quick cooking), 1 1/2-2c coconut flakes, 2c almonds, slivered. Melt the coconut oil & whisk in honey (if you use the same measuring cup you did for the oil to measure the honey, it slips right out!) Toss the oat mixture with the oil and spread it on a half sheet pan.
Bake on 350 for 30-40min. Stay nearby the oven around 30 minutes to check in & avoid over-toasting the coconut. I cleaned & organized my spice drawer.
When it's toasty brown, pull it out & let it cool a few min-push it together if you like your granola clumpy. Add dried fruits & seeds. I like Trader Joes orange-flavored dried cranberries & dried cherries are yummy too. Chia or flax seeds are nice to mix in also. Try adding dried apricots, figs, pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
The best thing about homemade granola is it's more of a method than a recipe, that you can customize to your preferences. 
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