Friday, August 20, 2010

Homemade Granola

I decided I wanted to try something more healthy for breakfast and a snack. I looked up this recipe for Granola and gave it a try.
  • 4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ cups Chopped Almonds
  • ¼ cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ cups Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup (I used regular pancake maple syrup because at $9 a bottle, I couldn't do it and it tasted just fine)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1-½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cups Raisins
  • ½ cups Dried Cranberries
  • ¾ cups Shredded Coconut (optional-I don't like it so I left it out)

In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds and coconut; set aside.
In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, oil, honey, maple syrup and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour over oat mixture; stir to coat. Spread in a large shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. Add raisins and dried cranberries. Store in an airtight container. 
You can create yummy food like the above. Photo taken from the Tasty Kitchen, where I got the recipe.
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