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Sunday, 28 March 2010

We love homemade granola. Julia eats a ton of it, usually mixed with fruit in her yogurt. Last time I made it I added dried cranberries—which Julia loves—but she kept picking them out & feeding them to the dog. Today I was tired and not feeling very creative, so I just made a plain batch with nothing added in.

Basic Granola Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 250ºF and set the rack in the center position. Grease a rectangular pan with a liberal coat of vegetable oil or cooking spray.

Combine the dry ingredients—oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, & salt—in a large mixing bowl and stir until well blended.

Cook the maple syrup, oil, and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat until the mixture reaches a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

Add the syrup to the mixing bowl and stir to thoroughly coat the dry ingredients.

Transfer the oat mixture to the pan and spread evenly with your hands or a spoon.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. If you’d like to include dry fruit or other mix-ins, add those at the 45-minute mark.

Let cool, then eat and enjoy!

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