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Archive for March 22nd, 2012

A Granola Recipe I like – Sort Of

Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2012

It is important to eat breakfast.  I don’t always have a chance to eat before my Nia class, but I have been looking to try to change that.  Oatmeal is always touted as being one of the best breakfast foods.  I do not like oatmeal.  I used to not like granola, but I have found a few I like, but most often than not they have canola oil in them so I have been looking for recipes where I can make my own.  I found a recipe that looked simple and quick and had ingredients I could live with.  Oats is a main ingredient in granola so I can get my whole grain oats in granola instead of oatmeal.

Do you ever wish that you would have followed your instincts?  The first time I make a recipe I follow it.  Then after I make any adjustments.  Well, with this one I made a few measurement adjustments and as I was cooking it, I had a feeling that I should also make some procedural adjustments, but I didn’t.  I thought, “No, I will do what it says and it will turn out fine.”  Honestly it DID turn out fine if you want crumbly granola and that is what this recipe is.  So had I really thought about it I would have realized that I wanted more like bars.

I am not sure where I got this little booklet from but the recipe on the website is a little different from the one in the booklet, but that is the beauty of it you can add whatever you want to your granola.  I opted for plainish because that is one of the things I don’t like about granola and granola bars they often have dried fruit in them.  I don’t like dried fruit.

I altered the recipe to be:

Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, SF Bay Area Nia, Dance workout CampbellGranola:

3 1/2 to 4 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup olive oil
a little over 1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
a round heaping 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon**
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 1/2 cup roasted almond slivers
          (you can add in anything you’d like)

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix together the oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. 

Pour over the oats and mix well. 

Spread the coated oats onto the baking sheet.  Stir every 5 minutes.  Bake about 20. 

Then let cool completely then mix the oats with your add-ins.  Store up to 2 weeks.
 

Well, I will probably use less salt or omit it all together (YES!  ME, saying I will use LESS salt or remove it all together . . . . hmmmmm . . . . )  And I will cook it less than I did.  I think I cooked it for more than 20 minutes.  I won’t do that, but it didn’t look like it was cooking at all.  I will put my add-ins BEFORE it cools, maybe even before I bake it.  Depends on what they are.

I am also going to try using less oil and sugar.

Anyway, this is a granola recipe I like — finally– after I made my own adjustments (I use olive oil instead of canola and more oats).  With this recipe after a bit more tweaking I can experiment with anything now.  Now that I have a really simple basic recipe I can go from here . . . . or not.  I is really good on its own.  I can see having it warm as a hot cereal.  Not quite making it oatMEAL, but making it a meal of oats.  🙂

Do you like granola?  Do you like oatmeal?  Do you eat oatmeal?  What type? 

 

**As I was making this today and using my posted recipe I realized I typed this incorrectly!  It is NOT a full teaspoon of cinnamon, but a 1/4 of a teaspoon!!!

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