6/7/12

Homemade Granola

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My mom brought quite a lot of nuts home. Hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, brazil-nuts and walnuts. I was so happy when I saw all the packages that I was pretty much speechless. My mind immediately started searching for a recipe that I could use all these wonderful nuts at the same time. I didn't need to think too hard, granola just popped into my head right away. I mean, DUH. Granola is healthy, very filling and is there seriously anyone who is not into this crunchy and flavorful mixture? I don't think so!

So you can imagine how excited I was to make my own oh-so-nutty granola mix! So then imagine my utter disappointment when I got the whole thing burnt. That's right. Despite my meticulous stir-in-every-10-minutes method. I put my oven 10 degrees hotter in the last 5 minutes and that's when the disaster happened. The whole thing became pitch-black. So so so annoying, let me tell ya. So all the delicious nuts and everything else went to the trash can. How sad is this! 
But I did make another batch that turned out just fine! A bit on the darker side, as well but not at all burnt! :) Oh and since I used agave syrup, it is so much healthier!

Super nutty homemade Granola

1 + 1/2 cups oats
1/4 cup brazil-nut
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup flax seed
1/2 cup coconut chips - or unsweetened shredded coconut 
1/2 dried plums
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup agave syrup

Preheat the oven to 170C.
Chop all the nuts and plums to smaller bits. Combine together the oats, nuts, flax seed, coconut and plums together in a bowl. Mix together the oil and the syrup and pour it over the dry ingredients. Sprinkle the cinnamon and stir stir stir. Spread on a baking sheet or a baking tin as I used. 



Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring in every 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the oven at all times so yours won't burn as mine did!


4 comments:

  1. I love to make granola. I've had good luck stirring it every 10 minutes until it looks just about done. Then I turn the oven off and prop the door just barely open with a wooden spoon. Still check the granola about every 15 minutes or so and stir it. I leave it that way for an hour or so until it is really good and crispy but not burnt. Hate to waste those good nuts!
    It's amazing how much better home-made granola is than those sawdust-like more expensive versions even from good health food stores!

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    1. Thank you for the good advice!! I will be sure to make granola like this way to avoid burning them :)) I so agree with how homemade granola tastes sooo much better than store-bought! But I usually like everything homemade... There is some kind of magic to it when you make your own :)

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  2. I love granola for breakfast. Homemade granola is always on my top list of favorites. I love the crunch and wonderful mix to start my mornings. This is a perfect treat! Thanks!

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    1. I agree!! I actually love granola so much that I consider it as a dessert :)

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