Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Easy Granola



My kids LOVE granola!!  We eat it for breakfast, with milk (GREAT for keeping those bellies full until lunch), on top of greek yogurt (Zoe's preferred method), as a snack, with fruit, on top of cobblers, with ice cream, etc. 

This is our quick, "basic" recipe.  You most likely have everything on hand for this already.  It will save you a ton of money compared to buying your granola at the store.

Also, you can creat your own variety.  You can add nuts, dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, etc), ground flaxseed (I usually do this), etc. 
 
Quick Granola
  • 8 cups oats (any kind will do)
  • 2 cups coconut (you can omit if you like, but you won't really taste "coconut", it gives a great flavor and texture.)
  • 2 T. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 c. coconut oil (you can use vegetable oil if that is what you have)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla (I use vanilla bean paste, but you can use regular vanilla if you like)
  1. In a BIG bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon and coconut.  (This would be the time to add ground flaxseed, nuts, etc.)
  2. In a sacuepan over med-low heat, mix together the water and brown sugar, until the sugar is dissolved.  Turn up the heat, and bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce heat (but let it continue to boil), and stir for one minute.
  3. Remove mixture from heat, add in oil and vanilla.
  4. Pour over oats, and mix to evenly combine.
  5. Grease two large cooking sheets (using baking spray), and evenly pour the granola on the cookie sheets.  Spread out the granola, but don't pack it down.
  6. Bake at 275 degrees for 60-70 minutes until golden brown and toasted.  Remove from oven and let sit in pans for 10 minutes. 
  7. Using a spatula, go through and "crack" up the granola.  Let it sit until completely cool. 
  8. Once cool, store in an airtight container.
It's fun to make variations, try adding in different ingredients.  Sometimes I also add honey or agave nectar in the liquid, and cut back on the brown sugar.  But, this is a great basic version to play with!

Enjoy!

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