Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Who knew granola was so simple to make and tasted sooo much better homemade?! I sure didn't, but tasting is believing my friends and as of today, Peanut and I are believers. I whipped up a batch before Annalyn woke up, so she got to try it fresh out of the oven. All day long she's been asking for more. I also love how versatile granola can be. Mix and match any kind of nuts, seeds, and fruit you like. Or experiment with different extracts and spices to change the overall flavor of the granola. Once made, sprinkle on yogurt, fresh fruit, baked apples, ice cream, or do like us and eat it with a spoon. Here's how Mama makes it:
- 3 c. rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
- 1/2 c. chopped pecans (or nuts of your choice)
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 2 T. sesame seeds
- 2 T. flaxseeds
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/4 c. honey
- 3 T. molasses
- 2 T. oil
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/3 c. dried cranberries
- 1/3 c. dried cherries
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, combine water, honey, molasses, and oil. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until warmed. Remove from heat and add vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Pour over oat mixture and stir to combine.
3. Transfer to baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven, cool on pan, then stir in dried fruit. Store in airtight container in the fridge.
spread out as much as possible
chop the fruit while the granola is baking
Why does everything look so pretty in a mason jar?
And now for Peanut's opinion....
oh, I'm just so flattered you want to know what I think!
let me get a couple handfuls here...
the trick is to get as much in your mouth as possible
which can be quite tricky!
well, it takes a lot of chewing....
wow, this stuff is good!
the fur-babies agree!
anything that involves lots of dropping is great!