Monday, December 27, 2010

Homemade Granola Recipe

It started with the flu and then just went down hill from there. All I remember is feeling extremely rundown. It was a Monday, a little less than two weeks before Christmas. We were leaving on Friday to go to my sister's house. By Thursday I was struggling to do the normal things a person does (like walking) and on Friday morning I found out from the doctor that I had the flu.
Christmas plans denied...
So it's almost two weeks later and I'm finally writing a blog post. I'm still a little tired and facing the fact that I have to go to work tomorrow. I decided that it was time to get back to my blog and to get back into the kitchen. Now I just needed to have a subject to write about. I don't have grand recipes and menus to blog about from Christmas unfortunately. So I decided to face a New Year's resolution to eat breakfast regularly (my husband will be happy to hear this). I raided my cupboard and found some dried fruits and nuts leftover from my holiday baking combined it with some quick cook oats, honey, maple syrup  and a few other ingredients and turned it into homemade granola. It's the first step to a New Year and getting back into the groove of blogging. 

I think it's going to be ok...



Homemade Granola
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
4 cups quick cup oats
1 tsp lemon flavoring (or vanilla)
8 oz dried figs
6 oz dried apricots
1 cup dried cherries

Combine the the vegetable oil, lemon flavoring, maple syrup and honey together. Chop the dried fruit together and combine with nuts and the oats. Pour the wet ingredients into the dried ingredients and work into the oats with your hands until the mixture is moist through. Put onto two cookie sheets and into a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the granola is toasted golden brown.

25 comments:

  1. Yum, I love making homemade granola, and it's always fun to see what other people mix in their version. I love adding dried cherries in mine too...and I love your idea of adding lemon flavoring! I'll have to try that next time!

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  2. So happy you're back! Now you can ring in the new year in health and style!

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  3. Oh, how I love granola! Yours looks chock full of yumminess! Glad you're on the mend...

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  4. I'm glad you are finally feeling better. There's nothing worse than being sick at the holidays. Your granola looks like a great way to ring in health and the new year :) Homemade is one of my faovrites!

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  5. I am glad that you are back on your feet feeling better:) Homemade granola is always a hit! Wonderful!

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  6. I usually add my fruit last - gonna have to try your all together method. Once you start making this your family won't let you stop!

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