Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Better Granola

I haven't written a post in a while but I wanted to quickly share our new granola recipe. We hadn't made granola in a couple years, but wanted something for breakfast that would be better for us than cereal and didn't want to spend money on good granola at the store. I'm not sure how much this costs to make, but I know it isn't that much. I tried one recipe I found on a blog but found it too crunchy actually. I adapted it after using another recipe as the other extreme and came up with this totally different one. We like it a lot!

Whey for the oatmeal
I mentioned before that we started soaking our grains because they are easier to digest and we can get more nutrients out of them, so this recipe calls for soaking the oatmeal. If you don't want to do that, just skip the step and put all the ingredients together at once. We substitute honey in almost all our baking (including ice cream) and have been reading a lot about how some saturated fats like coconut oil and real butter are actually good for you. So this is not low fat and it is not sugar free, but it is nutritious and yummy!


(Note: I record my recipes a little differently than most. It is easier for me to follow when the ingredients are broken up into steps - especially when the recipe calls for a soaking step. And I say "our" because even thought I did all the mixing and baking, Joel picked out which nuts and berries to add and was the official inspector of the granola!)
Our Granola (makes a little more than 18 cups)

12 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup coconut oil or melted butter
1 ½ cups whey or kefir (unless you are skipping the soaking step and then you can use regular milk I would guess)
1-2 cups water (only use as much as you need to moisten the oats and wheat flour – less water means less drying time and 1 cup was enough water for our last batch)
Mix and let soak for 12-24 hours at room temperature. (If you skip soaking, just mix them and move on to the next steps.)

2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
1 Tbsp cinnamon
Mix these two ingredients together well and then add to oats mixture.

1 cup honey
2 eggs (can omit, but this helps the granola clump)
2 tsp vanilla
Whisk these three ingredients together well and add to main mixture.

Spread out over many cookie sheets. Do not spread this any thicker than you would want a clump to be. I needed 4 cookie sheets for desired thickness and it barely fit in the oven. If you don't have a large oven and at least 3 racks in your oven, I recommend a half batch (unless you want to get creative with stacking like we did). Bake at 200 degrees for 2-4 hours. 4 hours was perfect for our granola. Next, just add in some dried fruit or berries and nuts and seeds:

3 cups raisins and/or craisins (2 cups raisins/ 1 cup craisins)
2 cups nuts and/or seeds (1 cup sunflower seeds, 1 cup chopped almonds)

If you end up making the granola, you'll have to let me know how it comes out!

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