The Granola Challenge

3 Jun

Do you like granola? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? Weirdos, that’s who.

I like granola. Very much.It’s tasty, versatile, relatively portable and good for you too! Well. Depending on where you get your granola that is. That’s why I’ve been on a quest for the perfect granola recipe.

Some were a little too much on the healthy side…some just did NOT taste good. I’ve eaten my way through a million litres of test batches. Yeah. All for the love of a good granola recipe.

I think I’ve finally found one that makes me content. It’s not what I call perfect, but I guarantee I shall let you know when that one comes around.

This one has got a nice crunch, the oats clump together in a good way, it’s pretty darned healthy and it’s freakin tasty!

Start with oats….

Add your nuts and seeds…

Heat peanut butter (or whichever nut butter your heart desires) with maple syrup or honey and coconut oil. Don’t let the temperature get too high; the peanut butter will stick and burn to the bottom. Believe me. I know. Slow and steady wins the race. Just pretend you’re a tortoise. It’ll be fun!

Pour the mixture over the oats, nuts and seeds. Coat evenly. So difficult, right?

Spread onto one or two sheet pans, depending on the size pan you own and bake, stirring every once and a while.

Once everything is nicely toasted and your kitchen smells heavenly, you’re done!

All that’s left to do is enjoy.

Obviously granola preferences are different for everyone. If you don’t like an ingredient; switch it out for something else, duh. It’s not rocket science. If it were….I’d be in the fetal position in a corner of my kitchen, rocking back and forth. I don’t do science. Or math. We are NOT friends.

Winner Granola (for now)

makes about 9 cups

3 cups oats

2 cups spelt flakes

1 cup quinoa flakes (you can omit these and just use an extra cup of spelt or oatmeal)

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup flax seeds, sesame seeds or chia seeds or unsweetened coconut

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup coconut oil (or substitute extra virgin olive oil…but the coconut oil smells and tastes sooooooooo good!)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup peanut butter (you should absolutely play around with other nut butters)

1/4 cup maple syrup (or substitute honey)

1 cup dried fruit of your choice (I used raisins and cranberries that were sweetened with apple juice instead of sugar)

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large bowl, toss together oats, and seeds (leave out the dried fruit, trust me, you don’t want to bake those). In a saucepan, heat just until melted/combined the oil, syrup, salt and nut butter.  Pour the oil mixture over the oats and seeds and stir well.  Make sure that every bit of oats and nuts is well coated.  Spread the granola mixture evenly onto one or two baking sheets depending on how big they are.  Bake for 15 minutes and carefully remove the pans from the oven to toss and stir the oats.  You have to tend to your granola while it bakes, or it will not cook evenly. And that would make you very sad.  Bake for another 10 minutes.  Remove and stir.  Repeat until mixture has cooked a total of 30ish minutes and the oats are golden.  Allow to cool completely before tossing in fruit and storing in an airtight container.

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