Saturday, January 9, 2010

Almond Craisin Granola

Every weekday morning, Dave has the same breakfast. A bowl of granola, a glass of OJ and a very strong latte. (The dog has the same thing every MEAL: dry dog food.  The dog thinks Dave has a better deal.) Dave is content with his box of cereal. But when he can have homemade granola there is a tiny spring in his step as he commutes to the attic.

This granola can be varied easily by swapping in different nuts and dried fruit. The secret is to get it nice and toasty. It is helpful to the dog if you stir it with wild flipping motions so most of it ends up on the floor.

Almond Craisin Granola
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
In a large mixing bowl, mix:
4 cups oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup slivered almonds (or other nuts)
1/2 cup sesame seeds (optional)
1/4 cup flax seeds (optional, but they are supposed to be some sort of wonder food)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

In a small bowl, mix:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup water

Add wet to dry ingredients. Mix well. Spread evenly on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until toasty, stirring every ten minutes. Cool.

Stir in:
1  6-ounce package of craisins (sweetened, dried cranberries) or other dried fruit.

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