Sunday, March 23, 2008

Granola, Granola, oh how we love you!

We love granola at our house.  Not the fattening, oil laden granola that so many places feed you, but homemade maple almond granola to be exact.  I have tried other recipes but this one is terrific and terribly easy that you can throw it together in a matter of minutes for a great snack or breakfast.

We love our granola with vanilla yogurt, hubby adds dried fruit, and I add fresh fruit.  But when the cereal and toast grow old, behold there is granola to save you from the breakfast hum drum.

The recipe is one I got from the Cooking Light website.  The only change I make is that I do not add dried fruit to the entire batch.  Watch yourself, this stuff is addicting!

Maple Almond Granola (Adapted from Cooking Light)


4 Cups regular Oats
1/4 Cup slivered almonds (or nut of choice)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 Cup water
1/3 Cup honey
1/3 Cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons canola oil
Cooking Spray
1 Cup minced dried apricots
1 Cup raisins


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2.  Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl.
3.  Combine water, syrup, sugar, and oil in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.  Pour over oat mixture; toss to coat.  Spread out on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 325 for 35 minutes or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes.  Place in a large bowl; stir in dried fruit and cool completely.

Note: store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Yield: 6 Cups (serving size 1/4 cup)

Nutritional Information:  calories (126) fat (2.8)

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