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Friday, January 18, 2008
Favorite Ingredients Friday for January 18
I made some homemade granola yesterday -- something I used to do all the time, but had gotten away from. My husband had bought some granola last week and I happened to have some of it for breakfast one day. It was good, but it reminded me that I could easily make my own and save some money. I did, and it turned out so well! Right now I am just going to share the granola as I made it, but later I want to share the formula I use, which is so helpful when making this cereal. There really are endless variations to the basic formula. But here's the recipe for yesterday's
4 cups old-fashioned oats 1 cup flaked coconut 1 cup dry uncooked hot cereal (I used Hodgson Mill Multigrain Hot Cereal) 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup chopped almonds 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk Cinnamon to taste Nutmeg to taste 1/2 cup canola oil 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 Tblsp. water 1 tsp. vanilla Chopped dates to taste Raisins to taste
Preheat oven to 300º. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, cereal, seeds, nuts, dry milk and spices.
In another bowl or a large measuring cup, combine the oil, brown sugar, water, and vanilla and mix well. Pour over the dry mixture and stir to combine thoroughly.
Transfer the mixture to a greased 13x9-inch pan and bake at 300º for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from oven; stir in dates and raisins, and let cool before storing. I store granola either in a plastic bag inside a recycled oatmeal canister, or in a large plastic container intended for cereal storage.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.