Comfort Food Granola

March 7, 2009 § 1 Comment

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I haven’t posted all of  my granola experiments, but I’ve been buzzing around the kitchen trying to create my favorite type.  In the past I’ve made sesame granola, agave granola and peanut butter granola.  But I keep coming back to this blend of ingredients.

Please tweak to taste.   You might like it with other things: maple syrup instead of honey, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds instead of pepitas, more quick oats, less quick oats,  chocolate (heck yeah!), cashew butter instead of peanut butter…

Ingredients:
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup quick oats
1/8 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw pepitas (squash seeds)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped almonds

1/3 cup chunky peanut butter, natural
1/3 cup honey*
pinch sea salt

*If following a strict vegan diet, substitute maple syrup.

Methods:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Chop nuts and mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

2. In a saucepan on the stove, mix peanut butter, sea salt and honey.  Heat on medium-low until melted.  Pour liquid over dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.

3.  Spread oats on two rimmed baking sheets.  Put on two different levels in the oven and cook for 8-9 minutes.  Swap sheets and cook for another 8-9 minutes until golden-brown.  Leave on counter for at least an hour to crisp-up and cool down.  Store in an air-tight container; will keep for up to a month.

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Diet Notes: vegan (see asterisk), gluten-free

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