Monday, April 5, 2010
easy vanilla granola
while on my never ending search to find something that i would actually like to eat for breakfast, i decided to give granola a try. i searched the net looking at hundreds, no thousands, no millions, no gazillions of granola recipes. holy cow, there are tons of them out there, so i just made my own. i love it! it has a slightly sweet vanilla flavor with lots of yummy crunchy clusters. i added coconut and dried cranberries, but you can add anything that you like. also, it can be thrown together and baked in about thirty minutes! you gotta love that. give it a try. enjoy.
in a large bowl mix four cups old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, 1/2 -1 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup of flax seed, 1/4 tsp. of kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon.
in a saucepan heat a 1/3 cup of canola oil, 2 tbsp. of honey, and 1 tbsp of agave(i ran out of honey). heat till warm, whisk in 4 tsp. of real vanilla extract. pour this mixture over the oat mixture mixing thoroughly till everything is completely coated.
now spread this evenly on a parchment or silpat covered cookie sheet. bake at 300 degrees fahrenheit for about 25-25 minutes till slightly golden brown. now here is the trick for clusters, don't stir during baking. once done, cool completely and break into pieces. store in an air tight container.