February 16, 2011

mmmm food

Posted in breakfast, Recipes and food, snacks tagged , , at 3:22 PM by Rockin' Rita

Some of my favorite granolas are made with Kashi cereals. Try their lines of GoLean Crunch and GoLean Crisp as part of your granola mixture.  Tired of “just granola?” Turn your granola into a trail mix by adding things you love like nuts, berries, even chocolate covered raisins are delish! This posts comes direct from the Vocalpoint program. I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d share it with you.

Make your own granola

Make your own granolaAs you can see below, it’s easy to make your own granola, which you can use as an afternoon snack, breakfast, sprinkled over yogurt—whatever you want. The first recipe is the base for granola mix, which is great just on its own. But the recipes after it contain a few add-ins that can customize the base to your liking. The last recipe is one for chewy granola bars, which are great for super-portable snacking!

Granola Base

3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon (you can add more or less, depending on what you like)
1/3 cup honey (you could also use maple syrup, if that’s what’s on hand)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a large cookie sheet with non-stick spray and set it aside.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the remaining liquid ingredients in a glass measuring cup. Heat the liquid mixture for one minute and stir its contents, then pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Thinly and evenly spread the granola on the baking sheet. Pop the pan in the oven and set the timer for 20 minutes, or until the granola is a light golden brown.

Enhance the base granola after baking by mixing in different combinations of dried fruits, nuts or seeds:

Tropical Granola

¼ cup macadamia nuts
½ cup dried pineapple
¼ cup flaked coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
½ cup dried papaya
½ cup banana chips

Harvest Blend Granola

1 cup dried apples
½ cup halved walnuts
¼ cup pumpkin seeds (salted and roasted)
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
½ cup dried cranberries

Fruity Granola

½ cup dried apple chips
½ cup banana chips
½ cup dried papaya
½ cup raisins
½ cup dates

Chewy Granola Bars

2 cups of quick oatmeal
¾ cup wheat germ
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. Kosher salt
4 tbsp. butter

Brown the oatmeal and wheat germ in a large, dry frying pan on medium heat. In a separate pan, combine the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from stove and mix with the dry ingredients.

Once the dry and liquid ingredients are mixed, stir in your favorite mix-ins, including chocolate chips or dried fruit.

Spray the bottom of an 11×13 pan with non-stick baking spray, or line with wax paper. Firmly press the mixture into a glass-pan, as if you’re making Rice Krispies treats. Let cool at room temperature. After three hours, cut into bar-shaped treats, package in wax paper or snack-size bags and store in an air-tight container.


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