Originally Posted by simonbaker
I would love your recipie for granola.
Sure, and sorry for the long windedness. This has been a work in progress over the last couple of years. BTW, credit where credit is due. This recipe is based on the one at this site.
Grand Granola with Four Uses or So
Easy Homemade Granola
2 cups whole oats (I like the larger Old Fashioned kind, not the quick cooking kind)
1/3-1/2 cup nuts (I've tried whole almonds and peanuts, both are great)
1/2 cup dried fruit
1/3 cup maple syrup or other kind of syrup (brown rice, agave nectar)
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and the mixture out on a cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 15 minutes @ 335, then check the granola to see if it is brown enough for you. The time and temp is something you might want to experiment with. After you take it out of the oven let it cool on the cookie sheet for awhile. If you put it right into an airtight container it won't be as
Note: I have started making my own syrup. No need to use bottled syrup as it often contains HFCS or other sweeteners. I use the syrup at this link, except that I use coconut flavor instead of vanilla.
Cinnamon Syrup Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Also I don't cook the syrup down till it's really thick like for pancakes. I don't want it too thick because I want to be able to mix it with the oats, fruit, and nuts.
I found that Dollar Tree in my area has a natural fruit and nut mix and a tropical trail mix, pretty cheap too. I just eyeball the amount of fruit and nuts that I dump in, but I do measure the oats. And just the other day I found some tropical trail mix from Walmart for $1.48 for a 28oz bag, a very good deal!
Bottom line is you can add whatever fruit or nuts you like, add flaxseed, sesame seeds, etc to your hearts content. And your heart will thank you!