Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Oh Granola, How I Love You!

My mom has been making granola for as long as I can remember.  I always loved it. And it's always good.  And although I have never seen an actual recipe for it, I asked her to write it down.



                            Mom's Granola
                                      Makes 8-9 cups granola
                  Vegan • Gluten-Free • Dairy Free

Ingredients
8 cups old fashioned oats*
1 cup canola oil
1 cup honey
1 ts vanilla
½-1 cup chopped nuts (walnut, peanuts or pecans)

*If gluten is an issue, make sure to use oats that are specifically processed gluten-free.

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix oats with oil and honey and vanilla in a large bowl.
Add nuts, if desired.

Bake for 15 minutes in two 13 x 9 cake pans (preferably glass).
Stir once in middle of baking.

Take pans out to cool. Keep stirring granola while it is cooling or it will clump together. (I usually put it back in the (washed) bowl I mixed it in earlier).

When it is cooler, add dried fruits like raisin, flaked coconut.

When completely cool, seal in airtight container. Eat responsibly. It’s addictive.

GRANOLA MY WAY

I like to make my own special variations of my mom's granola. And for an added health benefit, you can add in 1/4 cup chia seeds and/or 1/4 cup flax seeds to the granola after it bakes (you can do this for any variation).

Variation 1: Make original recipe with 1 cup chopped walnuts and I like to add a dash of salt. Right after you take the granola out of the oven, add the zest of a whole orange. Then add 1 cup dried cranberries and 1 cup chopped dates. Mix well.

Variation 2: Make original recipe with 1 cup chopped pecans, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and a dash of  salt. Right after you take the granola out of the oven add in 2 cups dried chopped apples. Mix well.

Variation 3: Make original recipe with 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts and I like to add a dash of salt. Right after you take the granola out of the oven add 1 cup flaked coconut, 1 cup chopped dried mangoes, and 1 cup chopped dried pineapple. Mix well.

Making homemade granola is easy and fun. You can get very creative and do your own Foodgasmic variation. It's also really nice to make a batch and put in glass jars to give as gifts for friends and loved ones. ENJOY!

Then let me know how yours turned out.

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