Ok,there are some things you should know about me:
One, I love food, duh!
Two, I am addicted to bread and carbs, Bad!!! But give me a piece of bread and I am happy!! Happiness trumps over the waistline, until I realize the waistline expanded way to much. Then depression hits and I turn to more bread, it’s a vicious cycle I live.
Three, I love granola and could live on it! It’s not uncommon for me to pile through a few cups a day. Sad, I know, I need to stay away from the stuff but I have issues and can’t! This recipe I am going to share with you is what I think is the best granola ever! I made several granola’s and they turn out ok, but not exactly what I’m looking for, but this recipe has it all!!
It’s so perfect, it has to be shown in a wine glass, pure elegance! The description of this granola is simple, it’s sweet, crunchy, clumpy, low in calories and pretty healthy! I love it!!!!
I ate so much of this granola in one day, that I gained 5lbs over night, it didn’t go away and it looked like I swallowed a beach ball. My stomach had a perfect round circle, I was so concerned about this I almost called my doctor. I checked with some friends and they said you have Alien Baby! Alien Baby? Whats that? They said I consumed way to much fiber and my stomach bloated up! They said the worse thing possible to me, “Stay Away from the Granola”! Ahhhhhh!!! Horrifying! So don’t be like me, enjoy it on yogurt, oatmeal and as a light snack, don’t down it like it’s water! However, If you do make this, you may become addicted too! So don’t blame me, just giving you a warning!
I made this granola on Sunday, and I hate to say it but it’s almost gone, sigh… Need to make more this weekend!! Thats normally my Friday night thing to do! Oh and get this, my Husband told me to stay away from the granola to, because it’s not good for my teeth, Ahhh, I think he’s just jealous!!
First thing you do is mix the oats, set aside, then add all your wet ingredients into a pot.
Cook until all ingredients are combined and it’s a creamy texture about 5 – 7 minutes.
Poor the wet ingredients over the oats,and stir until everything is wet.
Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes.
Once done, let it cool (I leave it in the oven with the oven door open a crack) and then place in an air tight container. I use one of those OXO air sealed container.
Perfect Granola (WARNING! May become addicting!)
2 1/2 Cups Old Fashion Oatmeal
5 cups of rolled mixed oats (I used Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats, I ran out of Old Fashion Oats, and I had to dig into my other stash of oatmeal)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbsp of ground flax
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp. of ground cinnamon
4 tbsp brown rice syrup
1 tbsp agave nectar or Maple Syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp applesauce, unsweetened
3 tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup un packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1/4 dried apricots (diced up)
1/4 dried pineapple (diced up) (My favorite)
Note: Nuts can be used to, slivered almonds are great in this recipe! That is what is cool about granola, you can use any kind of dried fruits and nuts you like.
Preheat oven to 300F
In a medium size saucepan over medium heat, add the wet ingredients. Stir well. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
In a very large mixing bowl, Mix together the dry ingredients.
Add the wet mixture (while still warm!) over the top of the dry mixture and stir well. It will be very thick and hard to stir, but keep at it until everything is thoroughly combined.
Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick mat and bake in the oven for 45 minutes; stirring every 15 minutes to ensure even baking.
When granola is done, add in the dried fruit and allow the granola to cool for 20-25 minutes on the pan before serving. The granola will get harder as it cools.
Makes 20 – 1/2 cup servings
Calories per serving: 165, Fat: 4.3, Sodium: 16.9, Potassium: 52, Carbs: 28, Fiber: 4, Sugar: 9, Protein: 4.6
I love this stuff! I wish I could have some now, but I went to the dentist today to have my teeth cleaned and there to sore to eat crunchy, believe me I tried!
Whats your favorite kind of Granola?
Have a wonderful Saturday!!