Friday, March 13, 2009

Nutty Granola

DD and I are taking advantage of the return of winter weather to run the oven all afternoon. Oatmeal breakfast muffins, honey wheat bread, both in loaf and hamburger bun form, and Nutty Granola.
This is our second batch. Came across this particular recipe at Running with Food, and followed it back to Lethally Delicious. Made it last weekend (that's when we took the photos), and went through it really quickly. My fruit & nut mix is slightly different than the original, and I'm making this batch slightly larger than the first, in hopes it will take us a little longer to eat it all up. More than three days would be nice.

4 cups Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2 cup English Walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup Georgia Pecans, chopped
1/2 cup Cashews, chopped
1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup Chopped Dates
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Maple Syrup

Did a quick chop of the dried fruit on the cutting board, then mixed everything together, except the maple syrup. Stir the syrup into the oat/fruit/nut mixture in two or three portions, then turn the whole bowl out onto a greased cookie sheet and spread evenly. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring it two or three times.
Wait impatiently for it to cool, then start eating with milk, silk, yogurt, fruit, ice cream, etc. Is not too sweet, not overly sticky. Not too crunchy - no worrying about the dental work.

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