Saturday, February 18, 2012

Granola - Start Here and Customize Anyway You Like!

Home Made Granola
Why buy granola when you can make it the way you want, it tastes better and be easier on your wallet? Michelle shares her basic recipe which you can switch up a million different ways, just trade out
different, nuts, grains, dried fruit, top with fresh fruit or even pop it in the microwave with some almond milk and have a great hot breakfast! Enjoy.

Dry Ingredients: (In a very large mixing bowl)
4 c rolled oats or multi-grain with oats
1/2-1 c seeds such as hemp, sesame, pepitas
1 c nuts such as macadamia or pecans
1/2 c almond meal (use meal after making fresh almond milk, if desired) or flaxseed meal
Wet Ingredients: (In a glass measuring cup)
1/2 c sugar free apple sauce (preferably home made)
1/2 c maple or agave (hydrogenated oil free) syrup
1-2 tbl vanilla and/or vanilla beans

1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and toss till thoroughly coated.  Add honey or more syrup for extra stick and/or nugget pieces.
3. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper (use a larger sheet and tuck in sides while baking, longer sides make transfer after baking easier).  Pour raw granola mixture onto cookie sheet and parchment paper.
4. Bake at 10 minutes intervals turning granola to slightly brown and dry between intervals.  Sides will brown quicker, so move those to center.  As granola starts to brown, intervals may need to be shortened to 5 minutes.  Should take 30-40 minutes to bake.  Cool and transfer to glass air tight storage container.

Notes: To reduce sugar, simply increase apple sauce and decrease syrup.  Some syrup helps dry mixture to stick together.

Serve with fresh home made date sweetened vanilla bean almond milk.

Nutrition Facts
User Entered Recipe
  16 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Total Fat9.2 g
     Saturated Fat1.7 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat2.1 g
     Monounsaturated Fat6.2 g
  Cholesterol0.0 mg
  Sodium3.1 mg
  Potassium277.1 mg
  Total Carbohydrate38.2 g
     Dietary Fiber5.8 g
     Sugars7.8 g
  Protein4.5 g
  Vitamin A0.1 %
  Vitamin B-120.0 %
  Vitamin B-63.8 %
  Vitamin C0.5 %
  Vitamin D0.0 %
  Vitamin E1.6 %
  Calcium4.1 %
  Copper17.3 %
  Folate5.8 %
  Iron14.2 %
  Magnesium23.1 %
  Manganese130.9 %
  Niacin3.1 %
  Pantothenic Acid    6.1 %
  Phosphorus    22.5 %
  Riboflavin4.4 %
  Selenium0.6 %
  Thiamin26.8 %
  Zinc16.6 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.