Friday, February 26, 2010

Easy Peasy Granola

I never imaged that one could make cereal. 

Really. 

I know that sounds silly but I was firmly under the impression that it required giant fancy machines, crazy manufactured ingredients, and gallons of corn syrup. Huh. You can probably guess what type of cereal I eat. Sorry Mom, but I simply adore frosted mini wheats. Probably because you never let me eat them as a child. Same with cheetos. Oh god, cheetos. Not that I can actually bring myself to buy any. I probably haven't had them since I was 9 and I ate an entire bag of them by myself at a friend's house. 

Anyway. Granola. 
 
Despite my mini wheat obsession, I eat a lot of granola. My [former] coworkers at Waterstone can attest to this fact. I'd show up to work with a bowl of plain yogurt and granola balanced preciously atop all the other crap that I usually hauled into the office. I adore granola. Almost as much as mini wheats. 
Anyway, granola is frightfully easy to make and we enjoy mixing and matching the fruits and nuts. Our current favorite is a mix of almonds, raisins, and dried apricots. Dried cranberries are good too.

Recipe taken directly from Simple, Green, Frugal:

HOMEMADE GRANOLA

4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc)

1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
2 cups dried fruit

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Measure and mix dry ingredients. Add oil and mix well. Combine molasses and honey in measuring cup used for the oil, they will pour out easily. Mix well to make sure all dry ingredients are coated lightly with molasses and honey.

Spread in lightly greased jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with sides.
Bake 10 minutes, stir; 5 minutes, stir; 5 minutes, stir.
Take out of oven and stir several times while cooling, add fruit. Store in airtight container.

You can mix and match dry ingredients, just keep the ratio of dry to wet the same: 6 cups dry to 3/4 cup wet. If you like granola clusters increase the molasses and honey.


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