Unprocessed: Week Three -- Granola!
My Unprocessed October Challenge is going pretty well. If you want to read about the challenge, go here: www.eatingrules.com. I found a great recipe for granola in Bon Apetit a couple of years ago, and I've been making it ever since. Usually, I make a batch of it on the weekend and we eat it for breakfast through the week. It's also good for a snack, maybe with yogurt and fruit. When any of my kids are home, I double the recipe. I made this with Andrew on KTUL Channel 8's "Good Morning Oklahoma" this week. It's super easy and fits the unprocessed challenge because it doesn't have any strange ingredients or too much sugar. Here's the recipe:
Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet (the kind that has sides) with parchment paper. The parchment paper will keep the granola from getting too brown.
3 cups oats
3 Tbls. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix these together in a big bowl. In a saucepan, heat the following until blended and smooth:
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbls. canola oil
When this is heated and mixed, pour it on the dry ingredients and mix until coated. Add 1 cup walnuts, pecans or almonds if you want nuts. Spread the cereal on the cookie sheet, put in the oven for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until slightly brown. Let cool and store in an airtight container. If you want to add dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, cherries, mixed fruits or apricots, mix it in after the cereal is cool.
So, now you have a recipe for unprocessed cereal. It doesn't take much time, and it's cheap and easy. Try it!