Granola... it sounds healthy. In fact, it sounds earthy and bland- it almost sounds like something I wouldn't like or want to waste my time making.
Words can be deceiving! Granola (when done right) is a great breakfast, a super snack, a good topping on ice cream and also makes amazing crusts.
Let's start by deconstructing this delectable treat. In most cases- it's not really healthy. I know- how can that be, you ask, when its main ingredient is oats! It's not the oats, but what you top them with. Especially store bought granola- lots of sugar! Like the potato, the potato itself is a healthy vegetable, but it's also a vessel. A vessel to carry butter and sour cream.
As I usually do, I have created a few different granola recipes. This particular one is a sweet granola- super yummy, but it's not the healthiest. (I have another really wonderful healthy granola recipe that I created utilizing applesauce if you're searching for healthy.) But this one is just like it sounds- sweet and tasty. And there is blueberries in there- so how bad can it really be? Try it, and granola just may have a new meaning for you!
Sweet, Brown Sugar Granola
Mix in a big bowl
2 cups old fashion oats
1/4 cup craisins
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cups sliced almonds
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbls vanilla
Pour over the dry ingredients and mix really well. Spread on a lightly greased sheet pan, bake at 250 degrees, stir every half hour, until lightly crispy. (this usually takes about 2 hours)
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Monday, December 22, 2008
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