Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Granola!  I am proud to say that I have created some fabulous granola! And, guess what?!  I'm actually willing to share the recipe!
Maple Almond Granola with Figs

1/4 cp. Rapadura (or sucanat or brown sugar)
1/2 cp. pure maple syrup
2 TB molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cp. almond butter (or peanut butter)
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice

4 cps. old fashioned organic oats
1 cp. almonds, coarsely chopped 
1/4 cp. flax seeds or flax meal
1/4 cp. sunflower seeds (or sesame seeds)
1/4 cp. shelled pumpkin seeds
1/4+ cp. unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cp. chopped dried figs

Preheat oven at 325 degrees F.  Mix all dry, 
oats -coconut, except the figs together in a large bowl.
Stir the sugar through allspice in a small saucepan over low heat until all is dissolved and mixed smoothly together.
Mix the wet in with the dry, until all is fully coated.

Spread mixture on a baking sheet that is prepared with either butter or coconut oil.  I usually need two baking sheets.  Bake for 10 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.  Now add in the figs and bake for another 5 minutes.


You can use any dried fruit and nuts you have on hand.  I had figs this week and discovered how much I love them - and they're a fun different treat from raisins or cranberries.

I am going to turn this recipe into granola bars this week, as well.  I am just going to pack all the granola tightly into the baking sheets that are lined w/parchment paper...pressing down until it is firmly packed together.  I will still bake for about 15 minutes or less, without stirring.  Then, I am going to pull it out and gently lift the parchment paper which is holding the granola and place it on a cooling rack to let it fully cool.  Then, with a very sharp large knife, I will attempt to cut it into bars.  I will post back to let you know if it worked!


Janeen said...

Yummy, this sounds and looks delicious! My friend Erin will enjoy this! She reminds me of you.

Pink Dogwood said...

Just finished a batch of granola following (mostly) your recipe. I used honey instead of maple syrup. I used twice the amount of dried fruit, used peanut butter instead of almond, increased the coconut and I increased the cooking time to 18 total minutes (stirring every six minutes). DELISH. This was meant to be a gift for someone but now I'm not sure I can bear to part with it!