Monday, May 10, 2010

Olive Oil Granola

So. I became very excited about granola this week.

Teal sent me some granola that she'd made, roughly following this recipe for Olive Oil Granola from the New York Times. It is amazing. Of course. I will also share a similar recipe from Karen Peters, Jennifer's mother. Still yummy and with a different flavor. Try 'em both!

A note: granola is easy to make, but I've also found it easy to burn. Sometimes it burns on the bottom where you can't see it, so stir it often while baking!

Karen Peters' Granola

Makes 2 gallons (a lot!)

In a very large bowl combine dry ingredients:

12 c rolled oats
1 c wheat germ
1 c sunflower seeds
1 c sliced almonds
(Variations: pumpkin seeds, flax seed. I think most any nut or seed will work here)

Mix well.

Combine liquid ingredients:

1 c (to the line) olive oil
1 c (to the top) honey or maple syrup
2 TB cinnamon

Mix well together, combine with dry ingredients. Spread in a couple of baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for a total of approximately 45 minutes, taking it out and stirring it every 15 minutes during that time. Take the pans out and let the granola cool, either leaving it in the pan or spreading on wax paper. Add dried fruit, raisins, dates, cranberries as desired.