Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Granola Recipe

Hey All!

Thought a recipe was really overdue, so I wanted to share a recent addition to our snack regime. We both really love granola, and though I am still in the process of tweaking this recipe, it is - as the creator of the recipe said - very adaptable to whatever you are in the mood for. Whether it be on the sweeter side or the fruitier side or nutty side, pick what you like and throw it in! For original recipe go HERE.


1 2/3 cups oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup oat flour (just grind up 1/3 cup oats in a food processor or blender)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 to 3 cups dried fruits and nuts (I've used chopped up walnuts, peanuts, and almonds along with chopped up  golden raisins and apricots)*
1/3 cup peanut butter
7 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup maple syrup (you could try honey too, I just didn't have any on hand)
1 tablespoon water

* I like to chop everything up so that it isn't too chunky of a granola. Also, when you add peanuts to the mix the granola definitely comes out with a strong peanut butter flavor. To avoid that you could just use different nuts, and you can also substitute the peanut butter for another nut butter.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 8x8 pan or, if you have it, throw some parchment paper on it (be sure to grease the parchment paper as well).

Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, peanut butter, maple syrup and water. Toss the wet ingredients with the dry and spread in the prepared pan, pressing it in firmly to ensure they are molded to the shape of the pan.

Bake the bars for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re brown around the edges — if you can see the bottom of the pan be checking that as well, mine got a little burnt on the underside. They will set more once they cool, so don't fear taking them out if they are still a little soft in the middle.

Cool the bars in their pan completely on a cooling rack.

Once they are completely cool, use a serrated knife to cut the bars into squares. If they are crumbly put them in the fridge for awhile until cold and try again.

Enjoy as bars or crumbled up with milk....we loved having them on our recent hiking trip to the Andes. Delicioso!

Missy and Jordan

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