Friday, July 27, 2012

Coconut Granola

If you're looking to incorporate more oats into your diet but don't like the taste/texture of oatmeal, why not try some granola?  Here's an easy recipe for granola that you can make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!  I like my granola with dried fruits and sometimes nuts, but they're not included in the recipe because in my experience the granola stays crunchier longer if it's stored "plain".  Just add your favorite mix-ins before serving.  I like a small bowl of this (it's really hearty!) with milk for breakfast, but it's also great with yogurt. 

Coconut Granola
Adapted from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

7 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 Tbl. cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbl. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper (can also use two 9x13" pans).

In large bowl combine oats, coconut, and cinnamon.  Stir to evenly distribute, and set bowl aside.

Combine brown sugar, sugar, oil, and honey in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and add vanilla extract (careful, the mixture may bubble up a bit).  Pour over oat mixture and stir thoroughly.  Spread into the lined sheet pan.

Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.  Stir granola, then return to oven.  Turn the oven off and leave the granola in there for 3-4 hours. (I do 4 hours)  The heat left in the oven will finish cooking this.  Once 3-4 hours have passed, remove from the oven (it will probably be slightly warm) and break into small pieces.  Let cool completely and store in an air tight container.


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