Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fig, Ginger and Pecan Granola

MMMMmmmmmmm.....home made granola. It's so easy to make, and one batch makes as much as a big box you'd buy at the store, except when you make it at home, there are no preservatives, no additives of any kind and you can mix up and change out the fruit/nut combo to your own liking. Which is what I did this morning. 

In my pantry were: dried Black Mission Figs (I adore them), crystallized ginger (leftover from my Ginger Crack Cookie recipe), and toasted pecans. SO, that's what I used.   POW! What a great bit of spice the bits of ginger makes to this wonderful concoction.  I loved the result.  But as I said, if you want to change it and use something else, be creative! 

Everyone knows how delicious granola is on yogurt, or with milk, or on ice cream!!  It's a fantastic whole grain snack just to eat plain too.  Enjoy!

Here's how I made it:

3 C old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
1/4 C canola oil
1/4 C honey
1/4 C brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 C add-ins, like figs, crystallized ginger, pecans or any other nut 
or dried fruit you like

1. Preheat the oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Put the oats into a large bowl and set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.  Pour over oats and toss well.

4. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 5 minutes.  Let cool completely, then break up a bit and transfer to a large bowl and stir in add-ins.

In the oven....

5. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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