Wednesday, May 19, 2010

what's more granola than granola?

Homemade Granola!

Basic fat free granola:
Cook 1/2 cup of oats with 1 cup of water and a tiny pinch of salt to make oatmeal.  Add about 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla (or other flavor extract... I like almond and coconut too).  Mix well.  Add 4-5 cups of dry oats.  Add mix-ins, if desired.

Here are some mix-in suggestions:
coconut flakes
flax seeds
sunflower seeds
wheat bran
olive oil
coconut oil
peanut butter

Spread in a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until golden.  Stir every 10 minutes or so.

Dried fruit should not be added until granola is baked and cooled... or the fruit will dry out and be really hard.

This is not an exact recipe... feel free to improvise.

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