Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Granola - you can make it!

Granola was always one of those things I never thought about making (I was always really impressed with restaurants who offered homemade granola - how did they do it?), but after finding this recipe by
Design*Sponge's DIY Wednesday Editors, Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom, I was really inspired. This granola is super tasty and easy to make - no need to buy Bear Naked ever again! The little market that just opened in our neighborhood (Green Planet - 969 Fulton St. @ Washington in Brooklyn) has an amazing bulk food section so I was able to buy the exact amount of nuts and dried fruit.

Thanks Design*Sponge (more great pics like the one above in the original post)!

Recipe below and you can also download the recipe in PDF form here.

Granola recipe:

3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/3 cup honey
handful of brown sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Stir all ingredients together in a big bowl.

Spread out on a cookie sheet

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, stirring and turning every 10 minutes until toasted. (Color will be a reddish brown when done)

After baking, allow to cool in pan thoroughly. Loosen granola from pan with a spatula, breaking it into small chunks as you go.

1-2 handfuls dried cranberries
1-2 handfuls raisins

Enjoy with yogurt, milk or as is!

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