Saturday, October 30, 2010
I like to make granola bars to take as snacks when I'm out, but I don't have a perfect recipe yet. In the meantime I got distracted by a recipe for loose granola.
You can substitute some things here to suit your tastes. I personally LOVE the pecans, while Ken prefers the almonds - you could use different nuts instead. Use more or less sunflower seeds or sesame seeds. You can use another liquid sweetener other than maple syrup - the original recipe uses brown rice syrup, which I didn't have. I thought about trying agave nectar, but I thought maple syrup would contribute more to the flavor. And next time I might substitute some rolled grains for a bit of the oats.
Adapted from Orangette's adaptation of a recipe from Nigella Lawson.
5 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw almonds
2 cups raw pecan halves
1 cup hulled raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
¼ cup honey
Rack in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat it to 300 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and the wet ingredients together in another. Then, mix the two together very thoroughly and spread it evenly on two rimmed baking sheets. Bake it for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown (I went for about 45 minutes). When you take it out, if you DON'T want clumps, go ahead and mix it right away. If you DO want clumps, just let it sit. It should crisp up as it cools, but a lot of mine remained soft.
If you want to add dried fruit, you can mix some in after it cools. This can be stored at room temperature if you're going to eat it soon. Otherwise, to preserve the nuts, you can keep it in the refrigerator.
It was very, very delicious! In the future, I might like it to be crunchier or clumpier. I might try to spread it out more on three baking sheets instead of two next time. I ate it with yogurt, as a cereal with milk, combined with Total with almonds cereal, and plain. I thought it would make a great apple crisp topping, too.