Wednesday, February 27, 2013

No-Oil Granola

No-Oil Granola
Here's an option for a granola using no oil at all.  I don't think anything will ever replace my fave, go-to recipe (I really need a new pic of that!) but I do occasionally enjoy trying new recipes for granola and was curious about this recipe.  I thought it was a bit too sweet; I'd reduce the brown sugar to 1/3 cup next time. 
No-Oil Granola
No-Oil Granola
adapted from Cooking Classy

4 cups whole oats (DON'T use quick oats)*
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp water
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup dried berries such as blueberries or cranberries
1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together oats and sliced almonds, set aside.
2.  In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Once mixture reaches a boil, allow to boil for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and baking soda and whisk until mixture is foamy, about 10 seconds. Carefully pour hot sugar mixture over oat mixture and toss to evenly coat.
3.  Spread mixture into an even layer on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven, about 36 - 40 minutes until golden brown, removing from oven and tossing twice during baking.  Remove from oven, toss in dried fruit and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.  (Note: granola wont be crisp until cooled.)
*Make sure your oats are gluten-free if needed.
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