Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oatmeal Cookie Granola and Winner!!!

Somehow I deleted the picture I was going to use for this post and was left with this one. That just makes me crazy. Hope this one's good enough.

I've been hoarding granola recipes lately. We've gone through just about all of our cold cereal that we had in our food storage and I'm almost ready to not buy any more (except maybe Cheerios). I've made three different granola recipes lately and my girls just devour it. I'm thinking this is much better to put on the table than cold cereal any day, especially when I know what's going into it and can control the sugar.

I got this from my friend Tori and this is the only granola recipe so far I've made twice. It's pretty easy and very tasty. I halved the sugar & honey the original recipe called for. My family and I still liked it, so I see no reason in adding any more than that, especially if you are eating it with yogurt or a little milk, which are sweet anyway. The recipe below reflects those changes I have made.

8 cups oats
1/2-1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup ground flax seed (brown or golden)*
1/2 cup sucanat (you can substitute brown sugar)**
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil (you can substitute butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine oats, coconut, flax, sucanat/sugar, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Melt coconut oil/butter, honey and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix well once all is melted and pour over the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly and coat well. Place on two large, greased cookie sheets and bake for 20 min or so, stirring once.

Let it cool. Add raisins or other dried fruit, if desired. Keep in an airtight container.

*There are 2 types of flax seed: brown and golden. When I was at Good Earth I asked what the difference in the two were. The employee told me that brown flax is higher in nutrition than the golden but the golden has a better taste. I also found out from another source that to access most of the nutrition of the flax that you have to eat it ground. Ground flax seed will only last about a week before going rancid, even in the fridge, so only mill as much as you will need in the short term. I tried grinding my flax seed in a small hand-held blender and it didn't do a thing to it. You will most-likely need a spice or coffee grinder to grind it up. I just threw my flax seed in whole in this recipe 'cause that's what I had.

**Sucanat is non-refined cane sugar.

....I used and the winner of the apron is #7 Stephanie. Congrats! I have emailed you to let you know. Thanks to all for participating. It was really fun to see your answers. Please keep the comments coming, it gives me a feeler for what you like to see here on my blog.


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