I made granola for the first time this past weekend! My healthy breakfast of choice lately has been Nancy's Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt (with live cultures = good yogurt, it really is awesome) and granola. However, all of my store bought granola doesn't seem to go very far, and I've seen so many awesome granola recipes I thought it was high time I gave it a try.
I based this recipe on Alton Brown's granola recipe. (Alton Brown is one the chefs that I absolutely trust - love him!) It turned out AWESOME! Sweet, a tad salty, buttery and yummy! I've actually been eating handfuls of it all day today, which I never would have done with my store-bought granola. I'm not sure if it's any healthier than store-bought, but I am going to tell myself it is. (Isn't everything that you make yourself healthier?)
- 3 cups rolled oats (or "old fashioned oats" if you can't find rolled oats at your grocery store.
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup cashews
- 3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
- 1/4 c. plus 2 tbs brown sugar
- 1/4 c. plus 2 tbs maple syrup (REAL maple syrup!)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup dried fruit - raisins, dried cranberries, dried banana's… the sky is the limit, I think! I used golden raisins.
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, almonds, cashews, coconut and brown sugar. In another bowl, combine the vegetable oil, maple syrup and salt. Mix everything together. Spread the mixture onto 2 baking sheets. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to make sure it is browned evenly. Mix in your dried fruit until everything is well distributed. Voila!
Sooo good! Next time I would like to try making a hawaiian granola. One of Jon and I's favorite places here in West Seattle (well, in all of Seattle to be honest) is Marination Mai Kai on Alki. They serve a homemade "Aloha Granola" with coconut and (I think) papaya, and it's pretty awesome. Stay tuned for a future hawaiian themed granola recipe!
In the meantime, have a wonderful week!
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