12.22.2010

Nutty Treats: Homemade Granola

Homemade anything is becoming more and more rare. While it is quite a sad that we rely on store bought and restaurant bought goods to feed our tummies, it is understandable when you realize that it is actually cheaper to go out to eat rather than make home cooked food or baked goods. However, when you eat out, you lose out on the true goodness of each ingredient. Granola is one of my favorite things to make from scratch. Store bought granola does not even compare to homemade. Homemade lets you have control of all your favorite ingredients - I like making sure there are extra cashews and macadamia nuts... the type of nuts that always seem to be missing in other granola. Store bought granola always seems to lack the true heartiness of homemade - the nuts and oats just don't have the crunch and substance that you will find in this recipe. 


Here is the original recipe:
Ingredients:


3 cups rolled oats

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup cashews

3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup raisins

I always tweak this recipe every time I make it. Sometimes I feel like adding more sugar and syrup while others I want different types of nuts and I always skip out on the raisins. Feel free to add or subtract to your personal taste and enjoy!



Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

Recipe from Alton Brown









Homemade granola makes an excellent treat for your friends, family, and neighbors. The batch makes a lot so you will have plenty to share. Simply pour them into decorative cellophane bags or into old milk bottles and tie it up with a nice holiday ribbon. The treat will be sure to please everyone. If you have already finished your holiday gifting, then you can store the granola in Tupperware for your enjoyment. Lately, I have been enjoying it with some acai - quite delicious!


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