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Bringing Home the Bakin'

bake my cake and eat it, too

I’ve been dissatisfied with granola lately.  It seems that every type I buy has a flaw that I just can’t get over:  it’s either too sweet, too dry, doesn’t have enough “stuff” in it, or it’s just bad (in my opinion).  After complaining about the lack of a good granola for a decent amount of time, I realized that the best way to remedy this situation would be to make my own.  I used Martha Stewart’s recipe, and it was very good.

Homemade Granola – Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS

Makes 8 cups.

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pecans, cherries, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine oil, honey, and sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle syrup over oat mixture; toss with a wooden spoon. Pour granola onto sheet pan and spread evenly. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden (about 25 minutes). Let granola cool completely on a wire rack. Break it into chunks and store in an airtight container.

*I added more of all of the fruits and nuts, and substituted the vegetable oil for butter (1 stick of unsalted butter)…all for personal preference.

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