Saturday, April 10, 2010

granola

Anyone that knows me well
knows that I'm not a health food kind of person.
I am a whole food kind of person.
I love to cook & I love real food made from scratch.
I always have.
Recently I have been so inspired by
that I have really thought long & hard about what I am feeding my family.
SO....
I feel really good about making my own homemade
(no preservatives included)
granola for breakfast this week.


This Granola is
not low fat
is not low in sugar
It's just wholesome, good, real food.
I hope my family loves it- let me know if you try it too!
My recipe for granola is adapted from this one at allrecipes.com- (I love this website.) I looked through a lot of recipes before I settled on this one for a base.
4 cups of whole rolled oats
1 1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup of rough chopped pecans
1/2 cup of rough chopped almonds
1 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix the first five ingredients in a big bowl. Mix the rest together & drizzle over the granola. Use your hands & really get it mixed/smooshed in. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper then spread the granola on it. Place in the oven & cook for 40 minutes for really crispy granola stirring once half way through.
When it's done- carefully remove the parchment paper & granola onto cooling racks. Cool completely & store in an airtight container.
Serve over yogurt, or in a bowl with milk.
Other mix-ins to try:
shredded coconut (I'm adding this for sure next time)
raisins
dried cherries, blueberries, bananas- whatever dried fruit you like.
If you really want to get crazy- add yogurt covered raisins after it has cooled.

2 comments:

Kristy said...

Looks yummy and fits with Kelly's new diet.... I will to make some for him!

Megan said...

This looks incredible!