Granola - Homemade Yummy-ness!So one day a couple weeks ago I started to think about breakfast. I was getting a little bored with eggs - spoiled I know - and I wanted to jazz up my yogurt and fresh fruit. I decided that granola sounded good. So in an attempt to use my recipe book collection I started looking through them instead of the siren call of the computer "you'll find what you want, it is easy, just turn me on and I will perform" or something like that. Luckily I was inspired by a recipe I found in Bob Greene's "Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating"
Let me tell you I LOVE Granola!
I tweeked it some, taking into account that I didn't want to buy anything - my plan was to use up some things I had on hand.
Here is the original with my tweeks highlighted.
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran (I omitted)
1/2 cup whole raw almonds ( I used some raw mixed nuts I had instead)
1/2 cup apple juice concentrate (I used OJ concentrate)
1/2 cup honey (local and organic)
1 tsp cinnamon (I used more)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar -if I had had something healthier I would have used it.
1/2 cup raisins or currants (I used golden raisins)
Preheat oven to 350F Spread oats on a large nonstick baking pan and toast, stirring often for 30 minutes. Cool. Reduce the oven heat to 275F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, oat bran if you are using it, nuts, juice concentrate, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, whip the egg whites to soft peaks. Add the sugar and beat 1 minute more. Combine the oat mixture with the egg whites and spread evenly on a nonstick baking sheet. Toast for 30 minutes, stirring often, until evenly browned. When cool, add raisins. Store in an airtight container.
This is so good! I eat it straight, or my favorite way is with yogurt and fresh fruit. Scrumptious!! My kids will even eat it with milk - yum!
easy peasy lemon squeezy!
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