Friday, November 12, 2010

Granola

I know I have posted my recipe for granola before but for new followers I thought I would show it again. I made a huge batch of it yesterday. I like to give it to friends and neighbors for Thanksgiving. I wrap it up in cellophane bags and put nice Thanksgiving tags on it. After a day of overeating, it is nice to get up and have something like this for breakfast the day after.


This is my version but you can add anything you like. I used a large cylinder of oats, toasted soy beans, sunflower seeds, coconut, whole pecans, chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, cashews and pepitas.


I add a cup of brown sugar and stir it all together.


I add a cup of honey. a cup of vegetable oil and a cup of maple syrup. Depending on how much granola you make these measurements can change.


I sprinkle 4 tablespoons of cinnamon and a good grating of fresh nutmeg. Stir everything together. It should be coated evenly.


Cover large cookie sheets with heavy duty aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray.


Spread it evenly on each sheet.


Bake it in a 300 degree oven for an hour to one and a half hours. It will be very aromatic when it is ready. My trick for knowing when it is done is checking for the coconut to be golden. I stir it around a couple times during cooking so it will brown evenly. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.


After it cools, lift the aluminum foil and dump the granola into a large bowl.


Now you can add the fruit. I used cinnamon sugared raisins, dried cherries, regular raisins and dried cranberries, Again, you can use your own favorites.


I also added the zest of 2 oranges to give it a real Thanksgiving flavor.


This recipe made about 45 one cup servings. If you put it in zip lock bags it lasts for a long time.

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