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Name:Homemade Granola Contributor:Sarah Jane Paukstis
Description:homemade granola Posted:2012-02-05
Key words:granola cereal breakfast Category:Other
ID:892 Updated:2012-02-20 09:41:45
Ingredients:2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups rice krispies cereal (I used Target brand)
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I used slightly less)
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup fruit puree
1/2 cup honey (I might use maple syrup or something next time)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract (definitely use 2)
1 1/4 cup roasted sliced almonds
3/4 cups raw pecans
2 cups dried fruit
Preparation:Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Line 2 baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper will work too.

Combine the oats, cereal, cinnamon and sea salt in one large bowl. Stir to mix well.

In a medium bowl, combine the applesauce, honey, light brown sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Stir to mix well.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones, and mix until completely blended (it?s best to use your hands to get everything evenly coated.)

Spread the mixture out evenly between the two prepared baking sheets. Squeeze clusters of granola together with slightly damp hands, allowing for space between the clumps in order for air to circulate while baking (this is important so it's not just loose. Chunky bits are important!).

Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets, flip over the granola with a large spatula and add nuts. Bake for another 20 to 30 minutes (or more, depending on how thick the layer of granola) until completely dry and just golden brown. If it seems dry, take it out even if it's not "golden." Mine got over cooked and a little crunchy for my liking cuz I was waiting for "golden."

Let cool on baking sheets, and add in the dried fruit.
Notes:(adapted from http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/2011/granola-recipe/)

I used applesauce cuz that's what I happened to have on hand. I think another fruit puree (peach, etc) like the recipe lady suggested would be good/better too. I also saw when I was researching that someone used baby food as fruit puree. Hmmm?

Of course you can use any fruit/nut combination you like (or chocolate chips, etc). The pecans were awesome, the almonds were... ok. The blueberries were super good, but I know you don't like them much. Adding in some flaked coconut with the nuts would be yummy too.

I did 1 cup cranberries on one pan and 1 cup blueberries on the other pan

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