We here and the bear and the blackberry are self professed granola lovers! If loving granola makes us hippies, then so be it! We made this Almond Date Granola that is lightly sweetened and delicious.
I altered a granola recipe that I found in Uprisings, The Whole Grain Bakers’ Book to my liking, so the recipe for this tasty granola goes a little somethin like this:
- 6 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup almonds
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup finely chopped dates
Making this granola is easy-peasy! First, I preheated the oven to three hundred and fifty degrees. Then I mixed the dry ingredients (rolled oats, oat bran, coconut flakes, almonds, and sea salt) together in one bowl and then I whisked the wet ingredients (maple syrup, grapeseed oil, and honey) in another bowl. Next I poured the wet on top of the dry and mixed them together thoroughly.
I layed the granola mixture out flat on a couple of cookie sheets and popped them into the oven. I baked the granola for about twenty five minutes, turning twice to ensure even browning. When it was good n’ toasty, I poured it into a big mixing bowl with the finely chopped dates, mixing well.
This granola is scrumptious! It’s lightly sweet, toasty, and nutty. Granola is versatile and can be served with soymilk and sliced bananas for breakfast (like in the picture below) or by itself for a quick, nutritious snack. You can eat granola with your favorite soy yogurt and mixture of seasonal fruit, or you can use it as a topping in a baked fruit crumble. Granola can even be your dinner if you are lazy and you love it so much!