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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cinnamon-Almond Granola

I figured I'd put one more in to start out.  Granola is so easy to make but yummy and filling.  It is way cheaper to make your own than to buy it at the natural foods store.  This recipe is pretty flexible - you can change out some of my ingredients with your own favorite granola ingredients.  Good as a snack or for breakfast.

Cinnamon-Almond Granola
Makes 4-5 servings
Takes about 30 minutes

2 cups oats
2 cups rice crispies or 1 cup extra oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup craisins or raisins or both
2 tbsp whole flax seed (optional)
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp almond extract (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Spread the granola out on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 15 minutes, until granola is lightly browned.  Turn the pan a couple times during baking to ensure even cooking.

Variation: Use walnuts instead of almonds.

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