Sunday, December 13, 2009

The BEST Granola Recipe

I love granola. It gives you great energy in the morning because of the carbohydrates and protein, and makes a great late-night snack! Here is my favorite recipe from Recipe Zaar.

The BEST Granola

3 cups rolled oats (not instant)

¼ cup canola oil

¼ cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped raw nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc. Use 1-3 different kinds)

1 cup chopped dried fruit (raisins, dates, cranberries, mixed berries, figs, coconut, etc. Use 1-3 different kinds)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, syrup, molasses, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Place the oats in a large bowl and mix in the oil/syrup until oats are thoroughly coated.
  4. Spread the oats in a think layer on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir the oats on the sheets.
  7. Add the nuts to the oats on the cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 more minutes (oats will appear a little soft, but they will crisp up as they cool down).
  8. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. In a large bowl, mix the baked oats and nuts with all the copped dried fruit.
  10. Keep in airtight container.

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