Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Making Granola

So, I have a confession to make... I love Granola! However I do not love paying granola prices. You knew I was a granola loving hippy didn't you?? It's true, so I decided to save myself a few bucks and make it myself. My favorite site for recipes is Allrecipes.com which is where I found my base granola recipe. *Disclaimer* I have only made it twice and it is far from perfect, but it is a good starting place.

2 bananas
1 1/4 cup dates
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup hot water
I tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
8 cups quick cooking oats ( I used old fashioned)
8 oz of dried fruit (optional)
8 oz of slivered almonds (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F

2. Puree the bananas and dates in a food processor. Add the brown sugar, hot water, vanilla and cinnamon; mix well.

 I used chopped and whole dates because it is what I had on hand.
 This is what it should look like before step 3.
 3. Pour into a large bowl and add oatmeal.
 4. Spread onto two large cookie sheets and bake at 250 for an hour and a half stirring frequently.
 (I only cooked mine for an hour and I thought it looked done.)
 Don't forget to stir it or it will burn. I couldn't eat the first attempt, but my husband did...
This is what it looks like when it's done. I don't add the fruit or nuts until I am going to eat it because we all have different tastes. I like mine with fresh blueberries, walnuts, soy milk and a little honey drizzled on top. Mike likes his dry with raisins. If you like your granola on the sweeter side I suggest adding some brown sugar or even honey. Like I said this is a basic recipe and it can be adjusted to your taste.
I store it in this awesome Tupperware container that Mike's mom gave to me.

I spent most of the process on my computer right beside the oven so that I would remember to stir it about every 20 minutes or so. I was listening to music, drinking a beer, planning dinner and the kids occasionally came around to entertain me.

 The witch

 And the Ninja with a bag on his head and a cape?

It was a fun day!! I love days off!!

* Thanks to Susan Johnson on Allrecipies.com for the recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/granola/detail.aspx

1 comment:

  1. Yay!!! Way to go granola loving nature nugget ;) I love granola but ive never tried making it before!