Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gracie's Granola

I tell you, she eats this stuff dry for a snack and can't get enough of it and Ryan and I love it for a late night snack too! It is also fun for her to help pour in the ingredients and stir with a huge wooden spoon. A jar of this and a jar of oats (for days when we want warm breakfasts) is really all the cereal that a family needs. It is so easy and so inexpensive to make that I always pass the granola in the cereal aisle (it is full of rice cereal filler anyway) and go straight for the rolled oats. This also makes a great muesli if you go light on the toasting.

Gracie's Granola:

2 lbs oats
lots of chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans)
lots of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
lots of dried raw coconut (omit if Nana is coming to visit)
oil (sunflower, olive)

toast in a 300-350 degree oven on two cookie sheets
stir often for even browning

add dried fruit if you like
I prefer chopped dates. Gracie likes raisins.
You can also add these right before serving to keep the oats crunchy.

Lovely over yogurt with fresh strawberries.

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