Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mmmmmm.....Granola

This isn't really a meal, and it's probably not freezer-friendly, but it's darn good, so I'm sharing it anyway.  I was going to make a batch today, but since I can't have the windows open with this dumb Minnesota smoke, I decided to wait. 

Griping aside, this is a delish and healthy granola recipe, and you can customize it to your liking.  My man likes it with yogurt in the AM, as do I, since it hides the texture of yogurt ((I might be the only person in the world who doesn't really like yogurt), and it's good by the handful, too!  Feel free to share your favorite custom versions.  To save a few dishes, I basically throw all the dry stuff other than the fruit on a jelly roll pan, mix it up a little, then drizzle the wet stuff over it.  We sometimes sprinkle some random healthy stuff like flax seed in it, too.

Golden Granola
1/4 cup butter, melted (unsalted, and do't substitute margarine!) or 1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. old-fashioned oats
1 c. coconut flakes
1 c. chopped walnuts, sliced almonds, or no nuts if you can't have 'em
2/3 cup raisins, Craisins, or other dried fruits (or chocolate, if you want to thumb your nose at fruit)

In a bowl, stir butter, honey, cinnamon and salt until well blended. Combine the oats, coconut and walnuts in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan (or spread on a jelly roll pan - it will bake faster). Add butter mixture and stir to coat evenly. Bake at 275 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes. Add raisins/other dried fruits. Cool, stirring occasionally. Store in an airtight container.

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