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Eating Grrranola for Breakfast

October 20, 2010

My momma and ten year-old brother just left from a two day visit.  At the request of my brother, we spent most of their time in Saint Louis shopping at international food markets and playing computer games at Apple.  My momma bought a new phone, while my brother developed an craving for Japanese Ramune sodas and a game called Tower Madness.

In anticipation of their visit, I made a homemade granola with dried cranberries and crushed almonds for my loved ones.  Jonathan and I haven’t bought commercial cereal in over a year, but I tend to feel a bit guilty when we have guests who prefer cereal to a heavier morning meal. The two of us will eat just about anything- pancakes, toast, homemade muesli, eggs, oatmeal, leftover pizza or a bean burrito (cannot get enough of those). Whatever it is, it’s almost always homemade, so breakfast requires a little effort beyond opening a box and adding milk.  To my delight, the sweet, crunchy granola was a hit!

Oven-Style Homemade Grandola
Makes about 5 cups

3 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 c. margarine (I use Smart Balance)
1/2 c. honey
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1  c. raw nuts
1 c. dried fruit

To Do:
1: Preheat oven to 325°F.  Place parchment paper over a large baking sheet.  Spread the oats and nuts on the baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
2: In a large bowl, combine toasted oats and nuts with margarine, honey and cinnamon. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet an bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Granola should come out crunchy and light brown.
3: Toss the granola together with dried fruit and serve with (soy)milk or yogurt.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2010 6:11 pm

    Yay! A recipe I have the ingredients for!

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