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Post by Adrian on 21st September 2010, 8:59 pm

This is my very favourite granola recipe, tweaked for my tastes

Ingredients

405 g rolled oats
110 g blanched slivered almonds
120 g chopped dried kiwi
120 g chopped pecans
145 g pumpkin seeds
145 g unsalted sunflower seeds
235 ml canola oil
355 ml honey/maple syrup
165 g raisins
120 g dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, wheat germ, coconut and sunflower seeds.



In a small pan over medium heat, stir together the oil and honey. Cook and stir until blended. You could also do this in a large measuring cup in the microwave, heating for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds.



Pour over the oat mixture, and stir to coat evenly. Spread out in an even layer on two cookie sheets.



Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the oats and nuts are toasted. Immediately after it comes out of the oven, stir in the raisins and dried cranberries. Let stand until cooled, and stir again to break up any large clusters.



Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks, but I guarantee it won't be around that long!


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Post by Compostwoman on 21st September 2010, 9:09 pm

So, sort of like bits of really nice flapjack...?

I had not realised Granola was a cooked museili Embarassed

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Post by Snoopka on 22nd September 2010, 4:46 pm

Awwww Badger, your granola takes me back... I used to make it too, years and years ago, and it was so scrumptious. It never lasted very long, you're right about that!

If I made some now, it would have to be a different version, as some of the ingredients you use are prohibitively expensive here (dried cranberries, dried kiwi, pecan nuts, to name just three). But substitutes can be found!
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 22nd September 2010, 6:25 pm

Kiwis dry very well in a dehydrator, Snoops. As do cranberries - we have never managed to grow the latter but always buy up all the discounted ones immediately after cChristmass and dry them for the year.

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Post by Snoopka on 22nd September 2010, 6:36 pm

One of these days I might get a dehydrator Very Happy But I am trying to downsize in the kitchen equipment department. Still, good to know about kiwis. Cranberries are always very expensive here - on the rare occasions you can get them, never discounted, Christmas or not.

Kiwi-growing has been a total bust for me. About 7 years ago I got 3 plants (1 male and 2 females) and for 5 years, only the male flowered. Then last year, one of the female flowered, almost at the same time as the male (the other female died, possibly of jealousy). I pollinated them by hand, and so came November, I got FIVE kiwis ha ha ha....)

Going back to granola, I always thought it was much too good to have as a breakfast cereal, it is much better just munched on its own...
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Post by Adrian on 22nd September 2010, 9:23 pm

Snoopka wrote:Awwww Badger, your granola takes me back... I used to make it too, years and years ago, and it was so scrumptious. It never lasted very long, you're right about that!

If I made some now, it would have to be a different version, as some of the ingredients you use are prohibitively expensive here (dried cranberries, dried kiwi, pecan nuts, to name just three). But substitutes can be found!

I tend to use store cupboard fruits and nuts and seeds - the ingredients above are just what I had in the house to use for the current batch - you can substitute any of them

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 22nd September 2010, 9:36 pm

Snoopka wrote:One of these days I might get a dehydrator Very Happy But I am trying to downsize in the kitchen equipment department.

You can achieve the same effect using an oven on the lowest setting with the door cracked open. Or a simple solar dehydrator if you live somewhere hot and sunny.

We have not had huge success with our kiwi plant either. It is prolific - regardless of pruning it grows up beyond the upper windows of the house on a south-facing wall but the claims the leaflet made of dozens of kilos of fruit a year have yet to be realised.

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Post by Compostwoman on 22nd September 2010, 11:47 pm

My Kiwi in the PT just made loads of growth but NO fruits, either....

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Post by budburst12 on 25th September 2010, 9:58 pm

ooh, thanks Badger! I've just finished eating my first HUGE batch of home-made granola, which came out a bit too sticky and soft, so will try your recipe next. Certainly looks a lot better than mine turned out!
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