Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Healthy Fully Loaded Granola

   So on my last trip up to SC I brought Chris some goodies, including the PB cups in my previous post, and some home made granola.  The granola was a success and two fails.  Success: it tastes really good. Fails: it was meant to be granola bars but crumbled to pieces and  its sticky ( to some people) and so didn't really go over well, but is still getting eaten :P Oh well, live and learn right? Anyway, here's my recipe that I based loosely on ones I found online.  The ingredients don't have specific measurements, just add however much you like.

Here's what you'll need:
Wheat Germ
Nuts (I used peanuts, almonds, and walnuts)
Sunflower Seeds
Dried Fruit (Cranberries and apricots for me)
Sweetened Shredded Coconut
Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Seeds from Trader Joe's
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Maple Syrup (again real not eggo)
1/2 cup Honey

First, Preheat your oven to 350.
Put the oats, nuts, seeds, and wheat germ in a bowl and mix them together.
Pour the mix into a glass baking pan and toast for 20ish minutes, until the oats brown a bit.

Cut your dried fruit into small pieces.

When the toasted dry mix is out, pour it into a bowl and add the coconut and pomegranate seeds.  You should use a spoon or two to mix as the chocolate will melt and make a mess.

Add the cinnamon, vanilla, honey, and maple syrup. Place the mix back in the baking sheet and press down to flatten.  Bake for 30-45 mins until browned and hardened.  

Let the Granola cool and then scoop into a tupperware container.


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