Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Luxury Granola (aka reindeer food) recipe

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2 1/2 cups porridge oats

½ cup flaked almonds

1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons melted butter (margerine)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons light brown sugar

¼ cup raisins
¼ cup dried cranberries (sweetened)
3/4 cup plain chocolate chips (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to 300F (150 C)
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix thoroughly and place in a single layer on a non-stick baking try ( if you don’t have non-stick then you will need to grease the baking tray with butter or oil).

Place in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Every 5 minutes you will need to open the oven door and stir the granola mixture.
Cool completely and add the raisins, dried cranberries and chocolate.
The granola can be eaten on its own, or with milk for breakfast, sprinkled over yogurt or ice-cream, and of course left out on a dish for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve.

A little help for those who don't use cups as measurements. Oh and for the record I just use normal everyday teaspoon and tablespoons for measurements, less hassle than attempting to locate the measuring ones. Which I think have migrated to H's toy box.

U.S. to Metric Conversion Table
1/5 teaspoon = 1 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
1 fluid oz. = 30 ml
1/5 cup = 50 ml
1/4 cup = 60 ml
1/2 cup = 120 ml
1 cup = 240 ml
2 cups (1 pint) = 470 ml
4 cups (1 quart) = .95 liter
4 quarts (1 gal.) = 3.8 liters

Cooks Notes: The recipe is mine based on several granola recipes that I found on the Internet and was quite disgusted by the amount of salt, and vegtable oil used in them. In the end I ignored the recipes I had found and experimented with what I thought of as Christmas-y tastes: dried cranberries, cinnamon and brown sugar.
It smelled devine and tasted great, I kept nibbling on it as I added the dried fruit and baked the second half of the batch. I gave the granola out as gifts last Christmas and may do the same again this year when we make some that is. Both H and I have been poorly with cold and fever and haven't had the chance to do any Christmas baking just yet but we will be. H keeps asking to make Reindeer Food and this is alot better than the kind with glitter in.


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The frugal person in me wonders whether you have ever priced out a jar to make vs buy? It looks fabulous. I'm not supposed to have oatmeal but I'd love to make some for Dh.

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Apron- I only made this last chrstmas and wil be making it this christmas... you can probably make it more simple with less fruit and nuts.. though I do know a bag of oats is very cheap in comparison to granola or musli... so it probably would end up being cheaper than what you buy based on quantity and that its homemade and tastes much nicer.

H and I will be making some soon.. when he feels a bit better.. still plagued by a bad cough and cold.

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I made some! Finally. I must admit to a few changes as I kind of used what I had in, but it tasted so good (we had it on greek yoghurt for lunch) that I have been out and bought more ingredients for the 2nd batch. Thanks for sharing, this is going to save me a fortune. I will keep testing my qtys and let you know what ends up as the thingswemake granola recipe.

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