Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mark Bittman's Granola

Granola, is deceptively unhealthy, as it is generally very high in fat and sometimes sugar. Usually, the better it tastes, the worse it is for you. Mark Bittman has a simple, low fat recipe which is easy to make and as soon as it is in the oven, the cinnamon, nuts and honey will get everyone asking (hovering), what are you making?? Once cooled, add your favorite dried fruit, seal in a air tight container and have your granola, guilt-free.
(Should I mention that this also makes a great gift!)

Mark Bittman's Granola

6 cups rolled oats, not quick cooking
2 cups mixed nuts or seeds. (almonds, cashews, sunflower, walnut, pecan...)
1 cup dried, shredded unsweetened coconut, optional
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 to 1 cup honey, agave, or maple syrup
1 cup raisins, or any dried fruit

Preheat oven to 350
Combine everything in a mixing bowl, except dried fruit, and place on a sheet pan. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch for burning! Remove from heat, add dried fruit. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Yummy honey from Traverse City, MI, a gift from Cheryl and Ian! Delicious!! Love it!!

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