April 16, 2010

Pantry Granola

So this is the deal with granola. Me likey. Here's something I don't like about granola. The content. See, that commercially processed stuff comes a little heavy on the sugars and fats and calories. I mean, if you are one of those "I can eat anything because no matter how many calories I consume I stay a perfect size 2" well then about 98% of the world hates you right now. Me included. But there IS a way to make granola that's just as tasty but much healthier. And the best thing? Just use whatever is in the pantry. Hence the title! I chose to make it using almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried figs, pears, apricots, and raisins.

homemade granola
See the ingredients? Doesn't it look gooooood?

Pantry Granola

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
1 cup sliced or chopped nuts
1/4 cup seeds (salted or unsalted)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened)
1/2 cup pure maple sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (omit salt if seeds are salted)
1 cup dried fruit
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and seeds with the maple syrup, oil and salt if using. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake, tossing twice, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Be careful not to burn.
  • Add the dried fruit and toss to combine. Let cool.

the open jar

See how easy that was. Be fancy like me and store your creation in a glass jar, or any airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Make some soon and enjoy a little granola for breakfast either with milk or on top of some yogurt with fruit.

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