In addition to bread (or rolls), the other thing that I make every week is granola. Cereal, and especially granola, always seems so overpriced at the grocery store. I tried several recipes until I finally settled on one from Cooking Light. This recipe is very forgiving. I frequently substitute ingredients, choosing whichever dried fruit that I have on hand. I sometimes substitute wheat or oat bran for the the wheat germ, and I use a nut oil in place of the vegetable oil. I also don’t use the sesame seeds, I don’t know why other than sesame seeds sounded strange in granola. What I really like is the combination of honey and orange juice as the liquid, with very little oil. Most granola recipes call for anywhere from 1/4 to 2/3 cup of oil. I’ve found that if you heat the honey for about 30-45 seconds in the microwave, it pours and mixes better with the dry ingredients.
from Cooking Light March 2001
4 cups regular oats
1/2 cup toasted or honey-crunch wheat germ
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the honey and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat, and cook 4 minutes or until warm. Add the oil and vanilla; stir with a whisk. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, and toss well.
Spread oat mixture onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; stir. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until crisp. Cool in pan. Place oat mixture in a large bowl; stir in dried fruits.
Yield: 8 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Like I said, this is my favorite granola recipe. I always keep the ratio of oats to liquid the same, but experiment with everything else. Also, I don’t stir it, the outside edges of the pan get a little browner than the middle, but it’s no big deal, and I like just placing it in the oven and forgetting about it for 25 minutes.