Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Granola?!!

Why didn't I think of this before? I have been making granola for my family for years. This weekend it occurred to me to in addition to cinnamon I added a little bit of ground cloves, for a little bit of that fall flavor. It smelled amazing! as it baked, my kids thought that I was baking pumpkin pie!
I have enjoyed this recipe since I first tried it after seeing it in the Family Fun magazine back in 2010. I am sharing the recipe just as it was printed but the photo is from my own granola this weekednd : )

Crunchy Granola 

Around the holidays, even the sweetest tooth can get a little overwhelmed by all the treats. This nutty granola, presented in a glass jar with a handwritten label, makes a welcome — and incredibly tasty — alternative.
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • (6-ounce) package dried sweetened cranberries or other dried fruits, such as cherries, raisins, pineapple, or papaya

  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the oil and honey. Toss the mixture until it is well combined then spread it evenly on a cookie sheet.
  2. Bake the granola until lightly browned, about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the mixture from sticking. Let it cool completely, then stir in the cranberries or dried fruit. Makes about 7 cups.
Wendy's Tips: 
  • For a little Fall or Holiday flavor I added 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves. 
  • The granola will get crunchy as it cools, so don't panic that is not crunchy right out of the oven. 
  • Sometimes we enjoy stretching out our granola with Bran Flakes Cereal. 
  • You can save yourself some clean up time by lining your pan with parchment paper.

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