Monday, September 19, 2011

Breakfast: Daily Granola adapted from Nigella Lawson's Feast

This summer, I discovered tasty granola at a farmer's market. It was a little pricey. So I learned to make my own. I made granola once a week for a few months. Only a few made the cut. This recipe came from a suggestion in the comments of a friend's status update on her facebook page. That's right - I got it from a friend of a friend.
Daily Granola

Dry ingredients:
5 cups rolled oats
2 to 3 cups raw almonds or pecan halves, or a mixture
1 cup hulled raw sunflower seeds
¾ cup sesame seeds
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt

Wet ingredients:
¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
¼ cup maple syrup or agave
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, such as canola or safflower

  1. Set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 300°F. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir to mix well. In a small bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients. Stir to mix well. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones, and stir well.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly on two rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until evenly golden brown. Set a timer to go off every ten minutes while the granola bakes, so you can rotate the pans and give the granola a good stir; this helps it to cook evenly. When it’s ready, remove the pans from the oven, stir well – this will keep it from cooling into a hard, solid sheet – and set aside to cool. The finished granola may still feel slightly soft when it comes out of the oven, but it will crisp as it cools. 
  4. Scoop cooled granola into to a large zipper-lock plastic bag or other airtight container.
  5. Store in the refrigerator indefinitely.

Other Details:
  • Yield: about 10 cups
  • Nutrition information per half cup. 
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  • Original recipe called for honey instead of maple syrup. I tested with maple syrup 12/31/12 and it's still good. I know some people like agave so that could work too.

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