Monday, May 18, 2009

Granola



Today I thought that I would talk a little bit about granola.

Sometime last year, I decided to try to make my own. I burned it and it went right in the trash. Fail.

I then became addicted to Kashi's Mountain Medley Granola and ate it almost daily while I was pregnant. Mountain Medley is an expensive habit. The smallish box costs $4.99 and I would say that each box averages about three servings (the box says seven, but I say more like three).

Which brings me to my next point -- I like granola but I would also like it to be good for me (otherwise why not just have blueberry pancakes and bacon for breakfast?). Well, if you eat a third of a box of Kashi's Mountain Medley Granola, you have put back over 500 calories worth of granola.

Then last week, I came across a website called MixMyGranola.com and I thought that it was totally idiotic to pay other people to mix dried fruit with oats for you. However, it did inspire me to try my hand at making my own granola again.

So on Saturday Ellie and I whipped up a batch. I looked at Alma's recipe that I had bookmarked months ago and I also reviewed a recipe from Epicurious. And then, unable to use restraint, I added a bunch of other stuff.

We loved it. Here is generally what I did.

4 cups of oats
1/2 cup of pecan pieces
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
1/4 cup of sweetened coconut
2-3 Tbsp. of unsalted butter melted
2-3 Tbsp. of honey
2-3 Tbsp. of maple syrup
Dash of cinnamon
1/3 cup of unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 or more dried cherries

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the melted butter, honey, maple syrup and cinnamon together. Add the oats, pecans, almonds, and coconut and stir to coat. Bake for about 30 or 40 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cool completely. Add in the sunflower seeds and dried cherries.

So obviously, you could make all sorts of changes to this general recipe. Any types of nuts or dried fruit would work. I think that the key is to have enough liquid to coat everything and get it to clump together a bit and to cook at a really low temperature. I am going to try to make my next bunch clumpier, but other than that, a success.

3 comments:

Bethany said...

Definitely going to try this!

Marketing Mommy said...

Glad your batch was a success. After making granola weekly for a couple of months, I've kind of fallen off the wagon. But now I'm inspired to stir in some sunflower seeds...

Christina said...

My son and I both love granola, and I too want it to be healthy for us! I look forward to trying your recipe. For extra nutrition I often add flax meal and wheat germ and for non-vegans powdered milk for calcium.