Granola!

I thought I’d try my hand at making my own granola. The resulting substance was quite tasty, though not as clumpy as most store-bought granolas; perhaps the ratio of wet things to dry things was a bit off. The roommates seem to appreciate it, though, and it should make good breakfasts. It also made the house smell totally delicious while it was cooking!

Granola, adapted variously from Alton Brown, Crepes of Wrath and Chubby Hubby

3 c. rolled oats
1 c. raw cashew pieces
1 c. raw almonds
1/4 c. chia seeds
1/4 c. sesame seeds
3/4 c. sweetened dried coconut
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
8 oz. mixed berries
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
3/4 tsp. salt
8 oz. dried mixed berries

Preheat the oven to 275F.

In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts, seeds, coconut and brown sugar until evenly combined. In a smaller bowl, mix oil, syrup and salt well. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and toss until the dry mixture is coated. Spread onto two sheet pans and bake for an hour, stirring every fifteen minutes. Let cool in the sheets for ten minutes, then evacuate to a bowl and stir in the dried fruit until evenly distributed. Let it cool all the way and store in an airtight container.

You could use whatever nuts and fruit you wanted, really; I’ll switch to smaller almond pieces, or chop the ones I have, when I make this again.

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~ by iliadawry on 31 July 2012.

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