Saturday, February 27, 2010

Homemade Granola For A Healthy Breakfast - Recipe: Granola

Adding a little granola to my yogurt and fruit in the morning really fills me up. It’s great because I can go until lunchtime without any mid-morning snack.

I like making granola from scratch. This recipe from Martha Stewart makes 8 cups and keeps well in an airtight container.

You can change it up by using a variety of fruits and nuts and sometimes, I will make it plain without any of the add ins. Have you seen the price of granola in the supermarkets? It’s not only a lot cheaper to make from scratch, it’s also a lot healthier.

• Vegetable cooking spray

• 4 cups old-fashioned oats

• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds

• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• Pinch of salt

• 1/3 cup vegetable oil

• 1/4 cup honey

• 1/2 cup light brown sugar

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

3. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pecans, cherries, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

4. In a small saucepan, combine oil, honey, and sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

5. Drizzle syrup over oat mixture; toss with a wooden spoon.

6. Pour granola onto sheet pan and spread evenly. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden (about 25 minutes).

7. Let granola cool completely on a wire rack. Break it into chunks and store in an airtight container.

Bon Appetit!