Tuesday, November 1, 2011

0 Home made cranberry granola bars or cereal...

So, you've probably read my cereal recipe, as I mentioned there when making the cereal you can use granola from the bulk bins or make your own. Well, now you can learn how to make your own. You can use this recipe to make bars or cereal – your choice. Remember, just like all recipes use this as a guide, get creative or change the ingredients to include what you like best – I love cranberries, so that's what's in this recipe.

Home made cranberry granola
3 c rolled oats
1 c sliced almonds
1 c shredded unsweetened coconut
1 c dried cranberries (don't buy the ones with sugar added)
½ c shelled pumpkin seeds
¼ c sunflower seeds
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
6 Tbl butter
1/3 c honey or maple syrup
2/3 c brown sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix oats, almonds, coconut, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Heat butter, brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan until butter is melted. Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and vanilla. Pour hot liquid over dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula or wooden spoon until the dry ingredients are evenly moist. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or wax paper, pour mixture onto cookie sheet. Press firmly and evenly until granola is about ½ inch. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, while still soft cut into bar shapes – but do not remove until completely cool. Or cool completely and break into small pieces for cereal. Store in air tight containers or bags for up to two weeks.  Serves 10-12

Nutritional Data for Cranberry Granola
Calories 474
Total Fat 29 g
     Saturated Fat 16 g
     Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 151 mg
Total Carbohydrates 50 g
     Dietary Fiber 8 g
     Sugars 28 g
Protein 9 g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 7%
Iron 18%

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