Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

My dear friend, Amanda, started doing Tasty Tuesday, sharing delicious recipes with the readers she loves. ;o) Since I enjoy baking and cooking, (baking being one of my loves), I thought I'd jump on her bandwagon and share some food love with you! (Plus, it makes me feel like I'm connected to Amanda in some sort of way, even though she is 9 hours away. Boo!)

When I bake I usually A) make something that is somewhat healthy, or B) adapt the recipe to make it healthier. Some recipes will be lower in fat, some will be heart-healthy, some will be chock full of chocolate chips and yumminess. You probably won't find many 100% fat-free recipes here because, let's face it: if you take out all of the good fats, you'll end up with dry skin and your food will taste like...well, you get the idea.

Homemade Granola

Many people in our county make granola, all with their own special variations. That's what I love about this recipe: you can add so many different things, all to your liking!

* 4 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
* 1/2 cup nuts (a mixture of sliced almonds and pecans works great!)
* 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup coconut flakes (depending on how much you like coconut)
* small handful of flax seeds
* small handful of raw pumpkin seeds
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
* 1/8 cup olive oil
* 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
* 1/4 cup honey
* 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
* Dried fruit (apricots, cranberries, cherries, etc.)

Preheat oven to 275 °. Mix the oats, nuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a saucepan, combine the olive oil, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Pour over the oat mixture and combine thoroughly. Spread on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 275 ° for 25-30 minutes, stirring thoroughly every 10 minutes. Make sure the granola doesn't burn!

Allow the granola to cool slightly. Mix in your favorite combination of dried fruit. Store granola in an air-tight container.


Amanda said...

That sounds great, Beth! I'll have to try it. :)

Cariluz and Ike said...

Yum yum! I can't wait to try this out, I love granola. What dried fruit have you found tastes best with this recipe?

Stephanie said...

I need to try making homemade granola. It looks easy and delicious - and I bet it would be great sprinkled on yogurt for breakfast! :)