Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chai-spiced Granola

Thank you, Simple Bites, for this delicious granola recipe. Check the bulk section of your grocery store for cardamom (if you don't already have some) to save money.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup (or skip the agave and use 1 cup honey total, OR use 1/2 c.brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

Dry Ingredients:

  • 5 cups rolled oat flakes (what are rolled oats?)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (or sunflower)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup quinoa (or sesame seeds)
  • 1 cup diced dried apples
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Prepare two large cookie sheets with a sheet of parchment or non-stick spray.
  2. Mix together the honey, agave, water, oil, and spices in a small saucepan.
  3. Heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. It’s okay if it comes to a boil, but don’t keep it at a boil.
  4. Stir together dry ingredients. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Split between the two sheets.
  5. Bake at 300°F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 275°F and rotate pans. Use a spatula to turn the granola and scrape any darkening bits off the bottom of the pan. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. Turn off oven and leave granola in oven until completely cool.
  7. Store in an airtight container. Makes 2 quarts.

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