Saturday, September 4, 2010
Bye Bye Bear Naked
Always trying to find ways to eat better AND save money, I decided to make homemade granola. My favorite breakfast is yogurt and granola but at $5-6 for a little bag of preservative-packed granola, I thought I should take a stab at making it myself. I have to admit... it turned out damn good!
I'm having visions of putting it in little canisters, tying it with gross-grain ribbon and giving it as gifts!
Adapted from this phenomenal recipe
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
3 tablespoons flax seeds
2/3 cup sliced almonds, chopped
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ghee (oil substitute)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon almond extract
2 cups dried cranberries & apricots
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the dried fruit. Stir well to incorporate. Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir in dried fruit, and bake for 15 minutes more. Remove from oven, and cool completely in pan. Once the granola is cool, store in an airtight container.
So it's bye-bye Bear Naked and hello homemade! Enjoy!