Thursday, April 30

MAKE IT: Fruit and Fun Granola


Granola is both one of the easiest and addictive things to make. With a few ingredients you can easily make this treat and play around with its flavors. You can go from sweet to savory or even spicy just by changing what you mix in. Here is my favorite granola recipe filled with a bit of sweet and a bit of fun.

Full time 3 hours (includes rest time)
Makes 8-10 servings

The needs-

2 cups quick oats (for rolled oats toast an additional 10 minutes first)
1 1/2 cup almonds
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried apples, diced
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed lightly
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

The know-

Preheat oven to 350'

On a small baking tray place oats, wheat germ, and almonds.

Toast in oven for 15 minutes or until wheat germ begins to golden, stirring occasionally.

While this toasts-in a large mixing bowl combine butter, honey, and brown sugar. Stirring to dissolve brown sugar into butter.

In a small bowl combine dried cranberries, apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Tossing to lightly coat fruit.

Once oats are toasted, mix contents of tray into butter mixture. Stir well to evenly coat oats.

Add in dusted fruit and stir to evenly distribute.

Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread out evenly.

Reduce heat of oven to 300' and return tray to oven.

Bake 25 minutes or until nicely golden.

Remove carefully from oven and set on a wire rack to cool for two hours.

Once cooled and set, you need to break it up into easy to eat pieces. Then move to a storage container or zip top bag. Granola will stay fresh in refrigerator for one week.

Cheers.