That's So Granola

 
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This is a fan favorite and I have had multiple people ask for this granola recipe so here it is.  I am going to keep this one short and sweet.  I have been off my game the last couple months and trying to find time to do it all has it's challenges. I used these two recipes for granola when I hosted a Crafternoon Brunch Extravaganza.  

I love to make my own granola.  I have been doing so for several years now.  It is quick and I get to control what I put into it.  Plus granola is so expensive and if you are looking for vegan or GF or anything slightly special it is even more expensive.  

 
 

I go back and forth with flavors, I typically just play it by ear. I usually go with the fan favorite Ginger Apricot, however I love a good classic salty sweet option as well.  Lately I have been doing a Cardamom Fig with Chocolate Chips.  You can follow your heart on what flavors you want to do. I tend to change up my recipe quite frequently. 

 
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Candied ginger is the best! I try to use all wholesome and good for you shit. You can really use any type of dried fruit you like.  Mango, Pineapple, Cashews and Unsweetened Coconut Flakes would make a great granola combo. Add little coco powder to your dry ingredients and some cayenne or chili and you have a great Chocolate Spice flavor as well.  You just have to be a tiny bit creative and ok to take a little risk.  What is the worst thing that can happen? 

 
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Honey, Agave or Maple Syrup all work really well in this recipe. I don't use granulated sugar or brown sugar because they tend to burn.

 
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Making a little Granola is also a quick easy way to host a brunch, grab some yogurt fresh fruit.  If you buy the plain unsweetened yogurt your guest can mix in their favorite flavors, add a spoonful of jam, honey,  berries or nuts. 

Homemade granola also makes great party or holiday gifts.  It lasts several weeks in an air tight container.  I usually get about 3 quart jars full from this batch. This also depends on how much extra fruit and nuts you add to the oat mix. 

 
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Ingredients:

Ginger Apricot Granola 

  • 3 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
  • 1 C Sliced or Chopped Almonds  (You can use also Cashews, Walnuts or Sunflower Seeds)
  • 1/2 C Almond Flower (optional)
  • 3 T Flax Seed Meal
  • 2 T Hemp Seed  
  • 2 T Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 C Coconut Oil (Olive Oil) 
  • 3/4 C Honey (Maple Syrup)
  • 3/4 C Almond Butter (Any Nut Butter will work)
  • 1 t Cinnamon 
  • 1 t Ground Ginger 
  • 1/4 t White Pepper
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 1/2 C Finely Chopped Candied Ginger 
  • 1 C Chopped Dried Apricots. 
  • Course Salt to taste

Directions: In a large bowl combine dry ingredients and nuts. In a small sauce pan combine honey, oil and nut butter.  Add your spices and vanilla to the warm honey mixture.  When nut butter is melted add to the dry ingredients and mix. Divide mixture onto two sheet pans so you do not crowd the pan, add course salt to taste and bake.

Baking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Bake for total of 60 minutes or until golden brown, stirring pans every 15 minutes. 
  3. Add chopped fruit and ginger after granola comes from the oven. 
  4. Let cool for several hours before placing in an air tight container.

Cardamom Fig Chocolate

  • All Other Ingredients are same as above
  • 1 t Cinnamon  
  • 1/4-1/2 t Cardamom (this can be a strong flavor add little bit at a time and taste)
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 1/2 C Chopped Dried Figs 
  • 1 C Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions: Make sure granola is completely cooled before you add the chocolate.