11 September 2009

Another Granola Recipe

I cobbled this together from Prevention Magazine and my edition of the Joy of Cooking
1/3 c honey
1/3 c canola oil
4 c 6 grain rolled mix (or rolled oats)
1/2 c unsalted pumpkin seeds
1/2 c slivered almonds
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c chopped pecans (or 2 c nuts/seeds of your choice. or less)
2 TBS sesame seeds
cinnamon (makes it sweeter without adding sugar. Could add some vanilla too for the same purpose).
1/2 c wheat germ
1/2 c ground flax seed
2 c of dried fruit of your choice. I omitted because Matt was going to be putting this on top of already fruit flavored yogurt.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. lightly grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish- metal.

Combine honey and oil in a small saucepan. Measure the oil first so the honey is less likely to stick to the measuring cup. (If your honey has crystallized like mine had, heat at 10 second intervals in the microwave until it is runny again.) Stir over medium heat until well blended, about 2 minutes.

Pour the honey mixture over the Rolled grains in a bowl and mix until thoroughly coated. Put mixture in baking dish and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Have the remaining ingredients (except any dried fruit) ready to go.

Remove dish from oven and add the remaining ingredients (except dried fruit). Put back in oven. For the next 10-20 minutes remove every 5 minutes to stir (less messy and dangerous than stirring in the oven).

Cool, then stir in dried fruit. (last time I actually baked the raisins for awhile and I did not like the results). Will last in an air tight container up to 5 days on a counter and a month in the fridge.

I liked the sweetness. A day after baking it tasted sweet enough. When it first came out I wasn't sure.

We have been wondering if flax seed meal is damaged from cooking. The websites that warn against frying or cooking foods at high heats with flax seed OIL also recommend adding ground flax to all sorts of baked goods. This is a relatively low temperature and, if nothing else, you are adding more fiber. Or just add after cooking, maybe, with the dried fruit.

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