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Making Granola

Monday, April 20, 2009

I'm trying something new today, in self defense. I bought a granola cereal last week and when I served myself some for breakfast - I ended up drinking an extra cup of milk to wash it down because it was SO sweet! I'm used to granolas w/ dried fruit being a bit high on the sugar grams, but this wasn't the dried fruit. I think somebody forgot to turn off the sugar spigot when they made it... I didn't have any unsweet cereals that would combine well with the granola. Some musli isn't too bad on its own, but would be insufficient to cut the sweet. With a lot of other sugary cereals (honey-nut oats, for instance) I mix them half and half w/ another unsweetened cereal to reach a reasonable sugar/flavor compromise. Anyway, since I had nothing to mix, I decided to make my own granola. Found a basic recipe that didn't add extra sugar and am in the process of cooking/toasting it. With good things like oats, wheat bran, oat bran, wheat germ, dried milk, ground flax, cinnamon, sesame seeds and almonds it's looking (and smelling) good. Add a few more raisins when I mix the two and we should be good. I got to thinking about it, tho, while I was a-mixin'... I haven't seen any recipies, but has anyone ever made a SAVORY granola? Adding things like garlic powder, dried onion, minced rosemary, maybe some tumeric (since it's so good for you!) and a variety of seeds/nuts. Seems like it would be a good way to have a crunchy treat without all the salt or unhealthy fats...
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  • KARLIEK
    We make our own granola too! My husband has to watch his salt because of menere's disease.

    Here's our recipe, we tweek it and make it different a lot of times by adding different kinds of nuts or dried fruit etc.

    Granola

    Mix in large bowl:
    6 cups of old fashioned oatmeal
    1 1/2 C. wheat germ
    1/2-1 C. nuts (Almond slivers or other kind)
    1 Tbs. Cinnamon

    Mix in small sauce pan:
    1 C. honey (we have honey bees on our property so good honey!)
    2/3 C. Canola Oil
    1/4 C. Water
    1 TBSp. Vanilla
    1/2 C. Brown Sugar
    Simmer the ingredients in the sauce pan and pour on the ingredients in the big bowl (with the oatmeal mix). Pour on to two cookie sheets.
    Bake at 300 for 35 min. Mix after 2o min.

    (You can use 2/3 C. molassis & 2/3 C. br. sugar instead, or use maple syrup. But I know your're also watching the sugar. We watch our sugar too, but this is much better than the store and this makes several servings! We like any combination! Sometimes we add vegtable protein or flax seed too)

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  • CRAFTYC
    Good news is the granola I made to go w/ the too sweet stuff turned out well and the combo is a great improvement over the original. Still need to try the savory idea...
    4405 days ago
  • no profile photo RAMONAFAY
    I hope it turns out like you want it to. I have a couple of recipes I have been planning to try. I'm just going to have to set the time and just do it I guess.
    4405 days ago
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