Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Homemade Granola: How To

I love granola. There is something about the chunks and the nutty-ness and the oats that make my taste buds scream for happiness. Yes, scream. The thing is, like most stuff bought from a box, the store granola can often have tons of added sugar that isn’t even necessary! The great news is that since making homemade granola is so simple, you don’t have to worry about those funny sounding ingredients and added sugar. And even better, granola can be totally personalized!
Here is a basic “how-to” in making your own granola:
1. start with a base…I always use 2 cups of rolled oats but if you have another idea go for it!
2. add some bulk…this is the fun part! I usually add 3-4 other “bulk” ingredients to the oats for some variety and texture. Ideas?
- 1 c. quinoa (raw)
- 1 c. slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, or other nut/seed
- 1/2 c. raisins or dried cranberries (just the fruit, watch out for added sugar with those!)
- 1/4 c. chia seeds
- 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. shredded coconut (again, watch the added sugar!)
3. Add some flavor! My favorites are:
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 T. vanilla
- 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
4. Add some sweetness and good fats:
- 1/4 c. maple syrup, honey, or agave
- 1/3 c. coconut oil or almond butter
5. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the “sweetness and fat” in with about 1/4 c. water. Spread out onto a lined or sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 225 degrees for 60 minutes, stirring a bit half way through. Once it is done, let it sit for 10-15 minutes to get nice and crunchy.
6. EAT UP!
~What are your favorite ingredients in granola?

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