Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tasty Granola

Last Summer on our vacation to Yellowstone, my sister-in-law brought a delicious granola. I have always loved granola and probably had a bowl or two or three. It was pretty tasty. She was nice enough to pass on the recipe and now I'm passing it on to you.

What I love about granola is the fact that it is so versatile. You can really add whatever nut and dried fruits you want. Plus, you can always add a little chocolate (wink, wink) to give make it even better.

Tasty Granola
8 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup honey
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups raisins or sweetened dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.

Combine the oats, wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl.

Stir together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 30 minutes. Stir once halfway through. Make sure you keep an eye on your granola. It can go from perfectly toasted to burnt pretty quickly. Don't say, call your sister and forget all about it. Ahem. Mine got a little toasty, but the hubs said it was perfect, so all is good. Cool, then stir in the raisins or cranberries before storing in an airtight container.
In reading the reviews for the recipe, there were a lot of great ideas to make it low-fat or lower the sugar content. I loved the idea to swap 1/2 cup oil for applesauce. I didn't feel like the granola was greasy or heavy but I may try this next time.
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Hope you are having a great week! Mine has been nuts! Ha Ha! No pun intended. :) Happy Wednesday!
Love, Monica

1 comment:

  1. Looks so good! My belly grumbled when I seen the last picture. Mmmm...I love me some granola!!


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