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Homemade Granola (aka Hippie Food)

16 Nov

Granola! (sorry for the weird lighting)

I feel like a hippie writing this, but I started to make my own granola this summer and it has become something of a hobby of mine. I’ve only ever used variations on Mark Bittman’s recipe, which I understand to be somewhat controversial because it doesn’t use any oil or other fat. While this does mean that there are no clumps in the granola, I think I prefer it this way. Granola really is the easiest thing in the world to make—just go to a good grocery or health food store and pick out whatever seeds and nuts you like, and toss it all together. I’ve been going to Whole Foods for this, but have been pretty disappointed by their selection—it seems they sell more pre-made granola in their bulk containers than they do seeds or nuts. I’ve put below the proportions I’ve settled on that matches my personal preference, but I urge you to go look at Bittman’s recipe for more ideas to figure out what you might like.

Homemade Granola Adapted from Mark Bittman

Equipment: bowl, brimmed cookie sheet, spatula/wooden spoon

My Ingredients:

6 cups rolled oats

Less than a cup sunflower seeds

More than a cup sliced almonds

3/4 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

dash salt

dash nutmeg

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 and 1/2-2 cups dried fruit (mix of raisins and dried cranberries)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a big bowl, combine all ingredients except dried fruit. Spread on cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes or longer, stirring at least every 10 minutes to ensure it bakes evenly. Take it out whenever you feel it is done– the browner it gets, the crunchier it will be.

Remove pan from oven and stir in dried fruit. Cool on tray, stirring occasionally, and transfer to sealed container once granola reaches room temperature.

Enjoy with milk, yogurt, or as a snack on its own.

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