Friday, July 27, 2007

What's For Breakfast

This is a super easy and very yummy granola recipe that I adapted to suite my taste (I omitted sunflower seeds and raisins, and decreased the amount of syrup) from a recipe posted in the Costco Connection:

Earthbound Farm's Famous Maple Almond Granola

4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 1/2 cups slivered or coarsely chopped raw almonds
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup dried cranberries

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325.

Combine first 3 ingredients. Add maple syrup and oil, and stir together until all the dry ingredients are moistened.

Spread the granola on a 12 x 17 rimmed baking sheet. Bake the granola until it begins to brown, about 25 minutes, then stir it with a spatula. Let the granola continue to bake until it is light golden brown, dry and fragrant, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Stir the granola at least once more as it bakes, and watch it carefully during the final minutes becaue it can burn quickly.

Place the baking sheet on a cooling rack, add the cranberries, and stir to combine. Let the granola cool completely. Transfer the granola to an airtight container. Makes about 8 cups.

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