Monday, March 14, 2011

Fruit and Nut Granola

My very first homemade granola.  What can I say, it was "yummilicious" with a little crunch from the nuts and chewy from the dried fruits. Did not know that making your own granola was so easy and healthy.

Source: Adapted from Sweet Pea's kitchen.  Thank you for the wonderful recipe...

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped ( I used walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, loosely packed ( reduced it to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.
  • In a medium bowl, combine oatmeal, almonds, and coconut. Spread onto a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ and sunflower kernels.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt to a boil. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the blueberries, raisins, and cranberries and stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a small piece of parchment paper, press mixture evenly into pan; Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into rectangles. Serve at room temperature.

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