Friday, November 14, 2008

mmmmm.... breakfast

I made a batch of granola yesterday. Had some sprinkled in yogurt for breakfast this morning. Such an easy and delicious thing. (Thanks to Pat at finerkitchens for sharing the recipe). Yummy!

The Queen’s Oats

8 cups regular rolled oats

1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar, or a little less (makes a fairly sweet granola)

1-1/2 cups regular wheat germ

1/2 cup sesame, sunflower or other seeds

1/2 cup coconut or nuts, or both, as desired

1/2 cup unprocessed oat or wheat bran (optional, but healthy)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup honey or maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

raisins or chopped dried fruits (optional)

Preheat oven to 325ยบ. In a large bowl add all dry ingredients except raisins or dried fruit, stir to blend. In a saucepan heat oil, honey or maple syrup and vanilla just until bubbling. Pour over dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Divide mixture between two lightly greased 10x15-inch rimmed baking sheets, spreading evenly (OR in a big roasting pan -- easier to stir).

Bake about 20 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned. Remove from oven and stir several times as grains cool to prevent sticking. (If you like your granola in chunks, don’t stir while it cools.)

When cool, add raisins or other dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: about 16 cups

I used sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, a sprinkle of coconut, and dried cranberries. I also used honey instead of maple syrup and cut back the brown sugar a bit. Because I didn't have the bran, I omitted it.

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