Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Granola isn't just for hippies.

I don't eat tree bark (contrary to popular belief... uncle zach). My house does not smell of patchouli. We do not drive a VW bus. But I do enjoy a good batch of granola! :) As I glance over at the counter, I can see the cookie-jar that was nearly half-full of fresh granola on Monday. It's looking a little empty as of right now. Eat it with yogurt or pour some milk over the top. Toss on some fresh organic blueberries. Grab a handful here, grab a handful there. Granola is the goods.


  • Melt together:
    • 3 T. unsalted organic butter
    • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • Add:
    • 1/2 C honey (I used 1/4 C local honey and 1/4 C brown rice syrup)
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 3/4 C water
  • In large mixing bowl, combine:
    • 4 1/2 C organic rolled oats
    • 1/2 C wheat germ
    • 1/2 C wheat bran
    • 1-2 C nuts (I used chopped pecans)
    • 1 1/2 C unsweetened organic coconut
  • Add melted mixture to dry ingredients; mix well, using hands to squeeze and ensure the oats are fully covered 
  • Bake in single layer on parchment paper lined baking sheets  (will need 2 baking sheets)
  • Here are 2 baking options, both of which I'm happy with:
    • Option #1: Bake at 250° until dry and golden, stirring frequently, approximately 1 1/2 hours
    • Option #2: Bake at 325° for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes
  • Once removed from oven and while still hot, add 1 1/2 - 2 C dried fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries)
  • Can be kept for 3 weeks, but will not last this long!

Now, go hippie-yourself up, make some granola, and all together now: "SNOW DAY #3"!

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