Granola with dates, currants, and pistachio

Home made granola and yogurt for foursies.

I have a basic recipe for granola.  3 cups of oats to 1/3 cup fluid and 1/4 cup sweetener.  The variations and add-ins are endless.  This time, I used a handful of chopped pistachios and a handful of chopped pecans.  For fruit, I added in a handful of seeded and chopped dates and dried currants.  For sweetener, I used brown sugar. Finally, I mixed in a tablespoon of hemp protein powder and a pinch of salt and stirred all the dry ingredients together.

In a pyrex measuring cup, I used a mix of 1/4 cup melted margarine and canola oil, then a healthy glug of maple syrup and molasses.  Drizzled all of this over the dry ingredients, then tossed to coat evenly.

Cook this mixture on a flat baking sheet in a 250F oven for 1-hour (stirring after 20 minutes and then every 15 minutes after) to perfection. Tastes great mixed into yogurt with a banana and some frozen berries.

Peanut Butter and Banana Granola

This peanut butter and banana granola came to me this morning. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are good. They’re even better with a drizzle of honey.  Why not put them in granola form?

peanut butter and banana granola

recipe:

3 cups rolled oats (not instant!)

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup banana chips broken down into smaller pieces

1/2 cup dried currants

1/4 cup oil (I used peanut oil)

4 tbs peanut butter

3 tbs honey (more for a more sweet granola)

2 tbs molasses

1 pinch salt

instructions:

Turn on the oven to 250F. Mix all the dry ingredients EXCEPT for the dried fruit in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl or a liquid measuring cup, mix together all the liquid ingredients till smooth and un-lumpy.  Pour the wet ingredients over the dry one and stir with a spatula or large spoon to combine.

Spread in a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with tin foil (foil is optional for easy clean-up).  Put in the oven and bake for an hour or until a golden brown color, stirring every 15 minutes.  After the granola’s turned golden, take it out of the oven, turn the oven off, stir in the dried fruit, and let cool for 20 minutes.

I like using tin foil because then I can just lift the corners and slide all the granola into a jar or a large ziplock bag.

Dirty Hippy Granola!

Homemade Granola

I’ve been on a granola kick recently and it’s just so damn expensive to buy the pre-made stuff from the store. I found a granola recipe from Slashfood and got inspired, so I made a trip down to the food co-op to pick up some stuff from the bulk bin to make my own granola.

It was tempting to get the ready-made granola in the bulk bins there, but I somehow resisted. I picked up rolled oats, dried black currant, sliced almonds, and pumpkin seeds. Granola was actually really easy to make.

I mixed together 2 cups of rolled oats with 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, less than 1/4 cup peanut oil, less than 1/4 cup maple syrup, and a dash of molasses. I put it on a baking sheet, baked it for 40 minutes on 300 degrees while stirring every 10 minutes. After, taking it out of the oven, I mixed in the black currant and it was delicious. The molasses gave it a great smokey taste.

The only thing I’d change is probably taking out some maple syrup and replacing it with honey or brown sugar syrup so that the granola could be chunkier and stick together better.