Monday, March 18, 2013

Fruit and Nut Granola

I have been making my own granola for a while now. After having two children back to back with very little break I need to eat as healthy as I can to get ready for bathing suit season (she shutters.) The problem with this is that I love sweets. I mean, I really LOVE sweets. Well this granola satisfies my sweet tooth without being loaded with sugar and oil like other granolas that you can buy pre-made. In the mornings for breakfast I load up a bowl with fresh berries, Greek yogurt and this granola crumbled and it is so filling and satisfying! I also cut this into bars so i can have a snack on the go throughout the day. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed!






Ingredients

2 cups oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp honey
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
Cinnamon (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray 13x9 casserole pan with cooking spray and line bottom only with parchment paper.

On a sheet pan, place oats, almonds, pecans, and coconut. Toast in middle of the oven for abut 10-12 minutes. Remove pan and shake every few minutes to ensure even toasting and that no coconut burns. Keep a close eye on it! It can burn very quickly! Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees when toasting is complete.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan place butter, agave, honey, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring frequently. Let boil while stirring constantly for one minute.

Put toasted oat mixture in a large bowl. Add hot agave mixture and stir to combine. Mix dried fruit.




Add granola to prepared pan and sprinkle with just a little cinnamon (optional) don't go overboard here! I really only use about a pinch total. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and do not cut for at least 2-3 hours. If you do cut the granola earlier it will become very crumbly. Cut into bars after a few hours and enjoy! Store in an airtight container, or wrap individually for longer shelf life.

3 comments:

  1. OMG. Sue made it and it's so so good!! I am going to try it but omit the brown sugar and maybe substitute it with something else.. hmm.. I'll have to experiment! ;) thanks for the recipe Amy!

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  2. I so glad you liked it! Just use more agave and honey. I love the agave. I just made another batch and added wheat germ and flax seed when I toasted the oat mixture, it was so good!

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    1. Will do :) I need to go get some more agave!

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