Saturday, August 20, 2011

I'm Crunchy

The kids really like cereal but it's super expensive and not at all healthy. They were getting sick of eggs and oatmeal so I've been making granola to liven breakfasts up a bit.

Papaya and coconut.


6 cups rolled oats (not the quick stuff)
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1 cup nuts
1-2 cups dried fruit
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
4 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix everything together except the dried fruit.  Spread over two cookies sheets.  Place in a 300F oven for 30 minutes.  Check and shake every 10 minutes.  It shouldn't get brown, just very lightly golden.  You might not think it's there yet after 30 minutes, but when it's cool you'll see that it has crisped up a bit.  Add the dried fruit in at the end.  Store in an airtight container.

I made a second batch with golden raisins and chopped almonds.  You can vary the nuts, seeds, fruit and spices however you like.   The kids love granola with milk but I'm sure it's also good with yogurt. 

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