Monday, June 11, 2012

Homemade Granola

I recently followed a recipe for homemade granola, and instantly fell in love with the results.  What a fabulous snack, topping, or addition.  I used a book called, "The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook" by Judy Krizmanic, and changed just a few of the ingredients to suit my taste.  The recipe was easy, though there were a decent amount of ingredients, and the cook time was not even 20 minutes.  I have been eating it ever since, and plan to make a second batch as soon as this one is finished.  Here is the recipe, and some ideas on how to use it will follow.

1 cup of sunflower seeds (without the shell)
1/2 cup of sesame seeds
1/4 cup of chopped or slivered almonds
3 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 Tbls veg oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbls vanilla
3 Tbls honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of dried fruit (I used chopped apricots)

Preheat oven to 350.  In a dry skillet, toast sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and almonds until they become fragrant.  This should be done using low heat, and should be stirred frequently.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except the dried fruit. (Yes, the toasted seeds and nuts should be added to the bowl).  Spread the mixture onto cookie sheets, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.  (My oven took 17 minutes).  Stir the mixture a few times while baking.  Add the dried fruit when you take the granola out of the oven.  Let it cool on the cookie sheet.  Once cool, store in an airtight container.

Granola Uses:
Add 1/4 cup to yogurt
Add to cereal and milk
Mix with berries and cool whip
Use in trail mix
Add to vanilla ice cream/frozen yogurt
Mix with banana and peanut butter

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