Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Apple Pie Granola


Granola is the perfect food. That's why I try and eat it every day! It is nice to have some fresh stuff on hand and its less expensive. I really like this recipe due to the crunch and chunks. Both bonus features of granola! Both apprentices just gobbled some up for lunch. They like it mixed with vanilla yogurt.

The only thing that makes this 'apple pie' is the blend of spices I used. I ran out of cinnamon and had to supplement. This is a recipe that I found on a foodie site from someone who stole it from a cookbook. So I can't take credit for anything other than the different spice blend and I would put a little less salt than the recipe called for so I'll adjust it in the list below.

Boxed and sweetened cereal was a treat in our house growing up. We even picked out our favorite kind as a Christmas present, no joke! Now I see how stinking expensive it is and how fast we can go through an entire box. My poor parents.

Mix in one bowl:
2 c rolled oats
1 t cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
OR apple pie spice
1/4 t salt
In another bowl:
3 T plus 1 t of oil (veg or canola)
1/4 c honey
1/4 c light brown sugar
1 t vanilla extract
Combine both bowls of ingredients into one and then mix with your hands, Abel's favorite part!
I think this is the trick to making it crunchy because its well blended.
Spread on baking sheet coated with cooking spray and back at 325 degrees for 10 min.
Then add and bake for 10 more min:
2/3 c whole almonds
Then add and bake for 5 more min:
2/3 c golden raisins

Mangia~ Tracey

7 comments:

  1. Thanks, T! This will be the first thing that bakes in my oven at our new house. ;)

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  2. Ooh! I have been looking for a good recipe for homemade granola. You are right, the boxed version is SO expensive. These are ingredients I usually have on hand anyway, so now I know how to put them together!! Thanks :)

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  3. I love homemade granola. I have a recipe I like but this sounds very good, gonna try it soon...maybe today!

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  4. Just made this and it's soooo good. i used molasses instead of the brown sugar and heated up the honey, extract, oil and molasses in the micro for 30 secs to loosen it up. turned out great!

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  5. Made it-delicious! Funny thing is I checked my old recipe, this was it!! So I guess it really is a good thing.

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  6. oops, meant to add that I also stir in to the dry ingredients about 1/4 C oat flour. I think it helps it to clump up better.

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  7. Lora, making the granola right now. It is making the house smell sooo good!

    Hope it turns out as good as yours!

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