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Friday, November 4, 2011

Making your own granola - cheap and delish!

Along with making my own yogurt I like to make the granola that goes along with it!   This is very easy and SO much cheaper than the healthy granola you buy in the store.  I modified this recipe from 'Natural Meals in Minutes' written by Rita Bingham.  The book is great if you like healthy meals but don't want to spend hours slaving over them!  Great lunch box snacks!

What you need:
7 cups of rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup of honey
1/2 cup apple juice concentrate
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp coconut extract
1/4 cup of water
nuts or seeds to your liking (I'm not a fan in my granola but many are)
1 cup coconut

Mix it all together and spread out on a baking sheet (I use cheesecake springforms because I am clumsy and will spill when mixxing it up between drying times).  Put in oven at 150 degrees or as low as it will go (mine does not run at less than 170).  Bake for 2 hours.  I mix it up every half hour or so until its done.

Warning:  When it is done it will feel soft - DO NOT continue to bake, this is correct and it will harden as it cools.  I once made granola that could break teeth!  If you accidently do that, use it in yogurt or with warm milk or you can try to put it in a bag with a slice of apple to moisten it up.  Or maybe raisins - yum!  If its too soft after it cools - throw it in for another 15-20 minutes.  Put in a sealed container - I use large masson jars.  It makes about a gallon depending on the nuts/seeds you add.

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