Baked granola! My favorite kind of health food…March 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Dinner | 13 Comments
So ya’ll know I’m on an eating and exercise makeover… It worked better for weight loss in the first month of the year, second month not so much…. But I’m really hoping I will succeed in March! One of the reasons things might have gone astray was this granola… I LOVE this granola because naturally it comes from the Baked cookbook (there are no other baking cookbooks on my mind right now!) and it has tons of vanilla and brown sugar and oats and tastes amazzzzing with milk.
The other two tasty things in my granola are the raisins and slivered almonds. The raisins help to keep the digestive track going (sorry Ned, Laurita and Jen… :( ) and the almonds are a very healthy nut. See the recipe below!
I quadruple this recipe when I make it (and this past Monday night was the third batch I have made this year!) I omit the hazelnuts and cherries though to save a little dough and add more slivered almonds and raisins.
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ( I also add the contents of one vanilla bean to it!)
1/3 cup whole almonds
1/3 cup whole hazelnuts
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dried cherries
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used my silpats and they worked good too).
In a large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla (+bean). Whisk until completely combined. (Whisking doesn’t really work…stirring with big spatula worked better for me).
Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them: Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture. (This is the fun part! and then you get to lick your hands! huzzah!)
Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread it out evenly, but leave a few clumps here and there for texture.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the almonds over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.
Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Let cool completely. Sprinkle the raisins and cherries over the granola…
and use your hands to transfer it to an airtight container.
Now go stuff your face with some health food. :-P