Monday, May 20, 2013

Homemade Granola!

Over the weekend we took to the kitchen and made a double batch of homemade granola.  An ideal snack for kids or adults, topping for yogurt or ice cream, and an easy gift.  I'll be putting a small bag in the mail to a college student who just finished exams and is living in an apartment in Boston.  Granola, has many uses and when made at home is quite affordable.

Here is the recipe we used, modified as we went:

Mix 9 cups old fashioned oats (not quick or instant -- and save money by using a generic brand) along with 2 cups diced almonds.

Small pot on the stove: 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice; 1/2 cup honey (you can use maple syrup); 2 tablespoons oil; 4 tsp cinnamon; and 1 tsp salt.  Cook and stir for 3 - 4 minutes.

Add sweetener to oats and almonds, mix, and Place in coated baking dish.  Bake for about 30 minutes, 350 degrees.

An easy recipe to tackle with the littlest of chefs -- here our nearly 3 year old helps mix.

Let cool and mix in 1 cup coconut flakes, 1 cup raisins, 1/2 cup dried cranberries.  Feel free to toss in other nuts or dried fruits.

My estimated total cost for this batch was about $7.  Far less than what you'd pay in the store, and you retain control about how much sweetener you add.  This recipe came to us when a friend gave us a gift of granola for the holidays -- and it remains one of my favorites!  Enjoy.

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