Monday, March 15, 2010

Homemade Granola

I hate oatmeal. Absolutely hate the stuff. And really... in all honestly... you and I both know it's only good in baked goods, like cookies or granola, right? So I decided to come up with a recipe for granola that I could eat on occasion. Granola is always so fattening with all the added oil and it's usually too sweet for my taste. So when I set out to create this recipe, I reduced the oil and sweetener and used agave nectar instead of honey. Does this recipe meet all of the requirements it takes to be blog worthy? Hmmm... let's see. Is it easy to make? Yes. Does it come together quickly? Yes. Is it delicious? Yes, yes and yes. Is it low fat? Not so much... but oh what a treat.


3 C old-fashioned oats
1/2 C chopped unsalted almonds
1/2 C chopped unsalted walnuts
1/2 C raisins
1/4 C chopped dried apricots
1/8 C flax seeds
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground cinnamon
1/4 C organic raw blue agave nectar
3 T canola oil

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the oats, nuts, raisins, apricots, flax seeds, salt and cinnamon. Mix the oil and agave nectar together and pour over the oat mixture. Stir well to combine. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, checking to make sure it doesn’t get too brown and stirring the mixture every 10 minutes. Let the granola cool completely and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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