Healthier Granola

The main ingredients

We’ve been on a granola kick in the home of the Spice Raconteurs. It is crunchy, delicious, high in fiber, high in (mostly) good fats and is a nice alternative to boring ole’ cereal or oatmeal in the morning.

I looked at a lot of recipes and finally zeroed in on this tasty recipe that is just asking for you to add your own touch. This version is pretty low on oil/butter and sugar/honey compared to a lot of recipes out there. I don’t miss it, but I don’t like things that are super sweet. If you do, you can, of course add more.

What you need:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup nuts of your choice (I’ve used sliced almonds, walnuts, pecans and walnuts so far)
  • 1/3 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dashes of any other spices you like: ginger, cloves, nutmeg whatever
  • 1 cup dried fruit (my preference is apricots), chopped
  • 1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit of your preference)

What to do:

  1. Set your oven pretty low at about 200°.
  2. Add the oats, coconut and nuts to a large cake pan (mine is 9 x 13).
  3. Combine the next 6 ingredients (everything but the fruit) in a small bowl and mix well. If you’re using honey, I recommend warming it in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds to make it molten.
  4. Drizzle the honey mixture over the oat mixture and mix thoroughly, then spred evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  5. Put the pan in the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. Stir the mixture and then repeat 3 more times until the mixture has baked about an hour and the mix is golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and add the dried fruit.
  7. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container!

Finished granola

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