Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Granola Making

Granola making has turned into a Sunday afternoon ritual. I say "Granola Making" because it makes it sound really involved and fancy...which was what I had just assumed about granola. In fact, it is easy and delicious (I still think its fancy to make your own granola). The perfect activity for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

When I make granola I like to wear my Chacos, take breaks to water my homegrown herbs and pat myself on the back for using honey instead of a pound of sugar.

You should make this. It will make you feel like a health nut. You can wear Chacos if you want. You don't have to though.

Homemade Cinnamon Granola

-4 Cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal
-1 Cup shredded coconut, sweetened.
-1 Cup almonds, coarsely chopped
-2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
-1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
-a dash of cloves (one tiny shake)
-2 Teaspoons Vanilla
-1/2 Cup honey
-1/3 Cup vegetable oil

Dried fruit: 1 cup dried cherries, 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup raisins. 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients. In a large measuring cup combine the wet ingredients and pour into the large bowl, mix well.
2. Spread ingredients on to baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir on pans. Bake for another 20 minutes.
3. Remove from oven when granola is golden brown. Granola will still feel soft, but it will get crunchy once it cools.
4. Once it cools add dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.

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