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Make Homemade Granola – Taste and Economy

July 23, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHomemade granola is easy to make and can be used not only as a snack but as a crunchy ice cream topping. You control the ingredients you put into it. Want some sweet highlights? Make them! Prefer fruit bits in your granola? That’s easily done too!

With a basic recipe you can make either loose granola or granola bars, cookies or other treats. Most “make at home” recipes have a coating and are baked.

For example, combine 8 cups old fashioned oats, 3 cups chopped nuts, 1 cup packed light brown sugar, a teaspoon each cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside and warm ½ cup vegetable oil, ½ cup honey and whisk in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Pour the liquid over the oat mix and stir gently to thoroughly coat all ingredients. Spread in 2 10X15 inch pans and place in a 300F oven for 40 minutes stirring gently every 10 minutes. Stir in 3 cups of other – you can use cranberries, raisins, dried blueberries, chocolate chips, coconut or other treats after cooled. Seal in airtight container, room temperature for a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

This is basic recipe you can vary widely. You can even divide it in thirds and use a cup of raisins in one, a cup of chocolate chips in one and a cup of banana chips in one. Use your imagination to dry and use seasonal things – you might use apple chips, even zucchini chips. In a snack mix there’s different possibilities to take camping, to use over ice cream and another for snacking at home. Try wheat germ or other healthy additions.

Some other ideas to alternate: sesame seeds, shelled sunflower seeds, dried mangoes or dates, dried cherries or berries.

You can also alternate the sweeteners – instead of honey try maple syrup or molasses or use a combination. You can also use a small amount of water to make clusters, squeezing some gently to create a small piece before baking.

The gourmet granola mixes are expensive but this is an easy way to save money and snack better!

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