unrefin3d. (unrefin3d) wrote in vegancooking,

Holy Granola!

In times of despair, instead of looking into the cookie jar, I choose to drown my sorrow in a different way.

It's a fairly small batch, but really good, sweet, and salty.
My mom said it tasted like Apple Pie.

2 cups rolled oat flakes
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw crushed almonds
1/4 cup raw crushed pecans
1/8 cup raw flax seeds
1/2 cup [edit] oil [i used safflower oil. heats up quickly and has virtually no taste]
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp all spice
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar [or any other kind of sugar, but brown works/tastes best]
1/4 tsp salt

*set aside a good amount of golden raisins

Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix together oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and flax seeds in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, mix together sugar, oil, spices, and salt.
Combine, mixing well. It may be a little dry, so don't be afraid to add a bit more oil. Just enough to gloss the oats though.
Place in a pan or cookie sheet [i used some...8x11 glass pan or something, so.] and bake for about 11-15 minutes. Flip and mix your concoction and bake for another 8-10 minutes [until a nice golden brown, i guess], then remove from oven.
Stir in raisins.
It'll be sort of moist, but it will dry as it cools.
Apparently, other recipes suggest mixing it every 10 minutes to prevent clumping, but I haven't had any problems with clumping so, do as you would like, I guess.

Store in an air-tight container!

You can eat it right from the container [like i do], put on your soy yogurt, top it on fresh fruit, or anything else you can think of.
Next time I make some pumpkin bread, I think I'm going to use the granola as a crust topping.
Heck, maybe I'll try to make some apple muffins. We'll see.

I've got a bunch of other recipes to post, but this is the only one I have time for right now.
Tags: breakfast foods-granola
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