Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I Love You, Homemade Granola

Granola isn't just for hippies anymore.
Oh my... 

I made homemade granola the other night and it was so good.  I have been eating a little bit a day with coconut milk and it is so fulfilling. It gives you that sweet salty taste you have been craving, so go ahead and try it.  It's really not that scary.  Obviously you can play around with the types of nuts and fruits and play with the textures, too.  You can chop the nuts really fine or you can just  cut them in half...whatever you like.  :)  

Homemade Granola

3 cups oatmeal
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped lightly salted almonds
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 agave
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used grapeseed oil)
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

In a big bowl, mix oatmeal, nuts, brown sugar.  In a small bowl, combine agave and oil.  Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until mixture is evenly coated (won't be too wet, just moist). Mix in coconut.  Pour into 9  x 13 pan.  Bake for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours depending on how crisp you want the granola, stirring every 20 minutes or so.  After you have pulled it out of the oven, mix in the fruit and raisins.  Store in an airtight container.  Serve with milk, on yogurt, ice cream, etc. 






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