Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday - Granola and a Honey Tip!

Eating delicious granola works for me. I recently tried a new recipe and I love it! I just made a double batch today. So so good...

Any granola I've ever made calls for vegetable oil and honey. Here's a tip for easy honey measuring. Use the same measuring cup or spoon for the oil and add the oil first. Then when you add the honey it slides right out of the measuring device, since it is coated with the oil!  It's a time saver and makes for easier clean up, too.

And now - the delicious granola recipe that made me say - thanks, but no thanks Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa). Ina's is good, but Rachael's is better!

3 cups oats
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of coconut

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Optional Nuts/fruit.

Pre Heat oven to 425.
Mix together oats, cinnamon, and coconut.
In a separate, bowl mix together the honey and oil and warm in microwave for 30 - 50 seconds. Add the vanilla and stir.
Pour over oat mixture and stir together.
Spread on a large baking sheet.
Bake for 14 minutes (it can burn easily, so don't go far)
Mix up the granola and add in nuts if you choose to. (I love adding slivered almonds and chopped pecans. I use whole pecans and chop them myself, so there are big and small pieces.)
Bake for 4 more minutes.
Take out and stir.
Bake for 4 more minutes.
Take out and mix around again and add in any dry fruit such as cranberries or raisins.
Let Cool and put in a jar or in a container with a lid.

The first time I added dried cherries, but this time I didn't add any fruit. It's so delicious by itself! I eat it like cereal, but without the milk. Oh, the yuminess!

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  1. I love to make homemade granola and blogged about it months ago. I think I need to make some today. I went to buy some out of the bulk bins, and wow - has the price gone up. :)

  2. Great tip on the honey! We make a lot of granola & granola bars, so we will definitely use your idea!

  3. 1) I am making this receipe immediately.
    2) Where in the WORLD do you find time to maintain like 10 blogs??

  4. I love granola... thanks for the recipe and the tip!