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Old 02-20-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Apricot and Nut Granola

9 oz rolled oats
6 oz chopped dried apricots
1 oz choped english walnuts
1 oz chopped black walnuts
1 oz chopped pecans
2 tblsp ground flax seed
2 tsp cooking oil
2 tblsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine oats and flax seed in a bowl. While stiring the oats drizzle in the oil. Continue stiring until all the oats ar lightlu coated. Add the cinnamon and allspice and stir. Place in a metal baking dish (rectangular cake pan works well) and spread evenly. Cook in oven about 7 minutes, stiring twice. The oats should be starting to loose their raw flavor.

Remove from the oven and return to the bowl. Reduce heat on oven to 300F. While oats are still warm add the honey, stiring as you go. Contiue stiring until the honey lightly coats the oats. Add the nuts and apricots. Mix. Return to pan and spread out again.

Cook in oven, stiring every few minutes, until honey starts to caramalize and oats lose their raw flavor (about 10 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool. Store in plastic container woth tight lid. Enjoy as cereal with milk, in yougurt or just as a light snack on its own.

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Sounds so good. My eyes insisted on reading Apple and Walnut.

I would need to add ground walnuts.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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Oh, hey dad, tell mom I said thanks for her help on this one.
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Oh, hey dad, tell mom I said thanks for her help on this one.
But...can he keep that to one sentence?

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:05 PM   #5
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My granddaughter loved granola bars. Then one day I told her to read the ingredients. She was astounded at the amount of sugar in commerical granola. Home made is so much healthier. And probably taste better also. I can't eat nuts and HATE rasins. So I will never know.
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I don't put raisins in mine because I'm not a fan either. You can make it without nuts. At it's most basic it's just toasted oats with some sort of sweetener. I usually use honey but I know others have used brown sugar or white sugar. You can even use a simple syrup to sweeten it. Oh, and I bet maple would be really good! Then you can add whatever else you might want. Bran flakes, nuts, other grains, dried fruit, fresh fruit at serving time, seeds, carab or chocolate chips, different spices or whatever else sounds good.
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Oh, I want nuts, I just can't chew them.
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For me, biting into a raisin is like eating wet bugs.
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Your recipe sounds great!
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I wouldn't put any dry fruit in until all the baking was done.
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