31 May 2009

Oats & Honey Granola

My daily breakfast is Cascadian Farms' Oats & Honey Granola, fruit, and plain or vanilla yogurt. When I ran out of CF, I decided to create my own. So, after spending some time reading other recipes online, here is what I came up with.

Oats & Honey Granola
1 1/2 cup oats
1 tbsp wheat germ
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp vanilla

Move the baking rack in an oven halfway between the top and bottom. Set the oven to heat to a temperature of 325 degrees.

Step 2 Toast the oats & germ by spreading evenly on a baking sheet. Place the sheet with the oats into the heated oven and allaow to toast for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir the oats and bake another three to five minutes.

Step 3 In a mixing bowl add the honey, vegetable oil, cinnamon and salt. When thoroughly mixed pour the toasted oats into the bowl and continue to mix. Cover the baking sheet with wax paper and spread the mixture from the bowl evenly across the pan.

Step 4 Return the baking sheet to the still warm oven and bake 6 minutes, stir, bake another 6 minutes, stir, and bake a final 5 minutes. The goal is to achieve a gold brown bake so it will be necessary to watch the mixture closely. When finished baking, remove the sheet and allow to cool completely.