I hate it when I find just the right shade of lipstick and you are standing at the cosmetic counter glaring at the salesperson as they say to you with a smile “Sorry, but the color has been discontinued.” What? Tell me you are kidding? It has been brought to my attention many times that I should buy two of everything that I love. You know that special t-shirt, sweater, jeans, and the list goes on. So you know where this is going. I am a granola girl. I love it with cold skim milk in the morning, for a snack, or dinner. More than once or twice I have fallen for a certain brand and out of no where production of this wonderful product stops. No one calls me. No one asked my opinion. It just stops appearing on the shelf. It’s sad. Now I’m doing what I should have done a long time ago and I am making my granola. Well, really it’s not mine but thanks to Katie Workman I can have my favorite granola anytime I want it. So can you and you will love it!
At my school a couple of weeks ago the media center had their annual book fair and I purchased this fabulous cookbook. I loved just sitting and reading it. I have made three recipes and they all three have been hits. I am sure that I will be sharing more with you in the future. Now about this granola. It is super easy and so good. You can change the type of nuts or leave them out as well as the fruit. I added dried pineapple, apricots, blueberries with pecans. I am looking forward to adding tart red cherries into my next batch. I love this with milk, but it is great as a snack plain. It can be a great addition to yogurt or sprinkled on top of fresh fruit for a different texture. The best thing about making your own granola is knowing that you can control the sugar , fat and preservatives serving a more wholesome dish for your family.
Crunchy Chewy Granola from Katie Workman
Yield 6 1/2 cups
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 4 cup old-fashioned oats ( do not use quick cooking oats)
- 1 cup chopped unsalted nuts such as walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews, or almonds
- 2 cups mixed chopped dried fruit such as apricots, cherries, blueberries, cranberries or raisins
- Preheat oven 275 degrees.
- Place honey, maple syrup, egg whites, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and orange zest in a large bowl and mix until well blended.
- Take out 1/2 cup of the mixture and place in a medium bowl.
- Add the oats and nuts to the large bowl. and mix with a spoon until everything is well combined and coated.
- Add the dried fruit to the medium bowl with 1/2 cup of the honey mixture. Set aside.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the oat mixture on the baking sheet in a thin even layer.
- Bake the oat mixture for 30 minutes.
- Add the dried fruit to the oat mixture and stir well.
- Spread out evenly in the pan.
- Press flat with your hands or place another pan on top and press.
- Bake the granola until the oats are golden brown and crunchy, 40 to 45 minutes. Stir once halfway through baking time. LEAVE SOME CLUMPS WHICH IS THE BEST PART!
- Cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack.
- Store in an airtight container for about 3 weeks if it lasts that long!