Friday, March 20, 2009

Totally Natural, Homemade Granola

There are lots of ways to make this and even more ways to eat it. Here in SE Louisiana, we have very humid weather even in the winter. If I have things like this hanging around it needs to hold its crunch so my Granola is Crunchy. We eat a lot of yogurt and this works together with either dried or fresh fruit. The beauty is you add all the stuff you love.

Measure all of your desired ingredients into a large bowl. Here is what I tend to use: (Involve you child, measuring helps with math!)
1 1/2 C Old Fashsioned Quaker Oats
2/3 C Shredded Coconut
1/2 C Sliced Almonds
3/4 C Pecans
3/4 C Walnuts
1/4 C Wheat Germ (if you have it)

Preheat oven to 400F. In a saucepan, gentle boil 1/4 C. Water and 3 Tbls Brown Sugar for 3 minutes until it begins to thicken. Take off the heat and stir in 1/2 tsp Cinnamon and a dash Vanilla.  Slowly pour liquid over dry ingredients stirring the entire time. Lay out single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet. Place in hot oven.

Every 5-7 minutes, remove from the oven and stir so nothing burns. Once fragrant, it's about done. It will take roughly 20 minutes.  As this cools, it will become crunchy so test a piece to ensure it is crunchy.  Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing.

When serving, add any kind of dried or fresh fruit you like, but I encourage you to top to order.  Serve over yogurt or ice cream with fresh fruit. Can add milk and eat as a cereal.

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