Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Homemade Nutty Granola

This Ellie Krieger inspiration is one of my favorite granola recipes. Why buy expensive granola from the store when it is so easy to make at home?  Plus this batch will last a while in the fridge, just make sure you keep it in an airtight container. My kids love this on yogurt as a snack or on top of their cereal in the mornings. You can also use it to make granola bars.
Granola Recipe
 Serves: 9 (1/2 cup each) Prep: 10  minutes  Cooking Time: 30 minutes

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup maple syrup
  1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, or more
1/2 cup dried fruit, optional

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Coat baking dish with cooking spray. 
2. Combine oats, nuts, syrup, salt, cinnamon, and dried fruit in bowl. Spread mixture on baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes (stir the granola in 10 minute increments), until oats are golden brown.  Let cool, and store in airtight container in fridge.


Who likes to change it up? 

~Some dried fruit options include dried cranberries, raisins, dried apricots, or dried plums.
~Try different types of nuts like peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts.
~Instead of maple syrup try agave syrup or brown rice syrup. 

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