Saturday, September 22, 2012

Granola goodness

Granola is probably the easiest thing in the world to make. And oh /so/ tasty. Over yogurt, with milk, just with a spoon. So. Good.

It's less of a recipe and more of a formula, and I got the formula from my mother in law. Cause she is awesome.


At least 6 cups of flakes. Oat flakes, rye flakes, whatever flakes you find at the bulk food place, health food store or grocery store.
2 cups of other /stuff/. Nuts or seeds or cereal or whatever happens to be in the cupboard. The last handful of rice krispies? In it goes. A scoop of the weirdly textured honey portugese cereal bought on a whim? Sure! Pecans, coconut, flax seed, sunflower seeds.. whatever makes you happy.

Don't go too excited on tiny seeds (chia and sunflower.. I'm looking at you), or else your granola has a tasty, but somewhat gritty feel.

Mix all of that together.

In a 2 cup pyrex measure.. 1/2 c of oil and 1/2 c of honey/agave/maple syrup. Nuke for a minute such that it will pour and combine.

Pour over the 8 cups of dry stuff and mix well. Spread that in a thin layer over as many pans as needed. I always do it in one big casserole dish, and always regret that it's hard to brown evenly. Learn from my continued woe.

Bake at 300F for an hour or so. Stir every 15 mins and evaluate if it's toasted enough. I find an hour is about right, but I like mine on the light side of toasted.

After it's out of the oven and cooling, add dried fruit. Raisins, currants, dried cherries, blueberries, cranberries, chopped dates.. whatever makes you happy. (Or none of it! This is all about what makes you happy!)

Spoon over everything. :)

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