Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Granola

 296.  Crunchy, sweet, healthy, delightful, satisfying and so simplistic!  GRANOLA
Sprinkle it on yogurt, spoon it over your peanut butter.  Or just fill a bowl and add ice cold milk and a spoon.
I am amazed each time I purchase granola bars or granola in the market and realize how pricey it is.  I decided to create and make my own.
 While researching other recipes there was a large variety of ingredients to choose from.  I practiced and experimented with many items.  Here is one recipe that was ace.

Granola

Old Fashioned Oats  6 to 8 cups
Finax Nut and Fruit Oat mix from IKEA Marketplace 4 cups
Almonds 2 cups
Coconut Flakes 2 cups
Coconut Oil 1 cup
Craisins 1 cup, dried cranberries
Sea Salt 2 Teaspoons
Brown Sugar 1 cup
Egg White 2
Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
Molasses 2 Tablespoons

Place all ingredients in a large bowl.  Wash your hands and arms very well and dry.  Mix the ingredients together with your hands.  You will be able to feel the ingredients blending together.  This is much more effective than using a spoon or spatula.
Place mixed ingredients into a baking pan with sides (jelly roll pan).  Bake in a 230 degree oven for approximately an hour.  Stir the granola every 15 minutes to make sure the outer edge does not burn.
 Allow the granola to cool.  Then store in an airtight container.  It will store for up to a month...but it won't last that long.
 To make granola bars, just add more egg white, brown sugar and coconut oil.  When you are mixing the granola it will be more sticky and hold together.  Press into the same type of baking sheet.  Bake but do not mix during the baking process.  You may need to adjust the baking time and temperature. Then,  wait for 5 minutes and cut bars into desired shape.  Wrap each bar separately or store in an airtight container between waxed paper sheets.

The other items you could add are endless!  Just use your imagination and add what you love.  One hint:  When adding chocolate chips, make sure you refrigerate the chips then add them after the granola cools.  In bars, refrigerate chips then drop them on the top of the bars after you cut them.  The chocolate will begin to melt slightly and adhere to the top of the bars.
"God has already done everything He's going to do.  The ball is now in your court.  If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous and healthy, you're going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family."
~Joel Osteen

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