Sunday, March 20, 2011

Make Granola in your bread maker, or not.

I've made granola in the oven. Honestly it's such a pain. Opening the oven to stir and mix it, spread it out so it doesn't scorch. No thank you. Then... in walks in my bread machine. Which I only use to knead and rise dough in. Ok and make pumpkin butter every once in a blue moon. So, back to the granola in the oven. It gets hot. Constantly stirring to make sure it doesn't burn. Avoiding the oven so I don't get burned. Wasting all that energy/heat. Well... in the jam cycle the heat isn't that high of heat AND the paddle is constantly moving stuff around.  So, I goggled it and TA-DA! Check this out HERE,  scroll down when you get there. Easy peasy. I have a recipe from DH's Grandma D I'm going to try out also.

3 cups (10 ounces) thick rolled oats- preferably not quick cooking
3/4 cup wheat germ (1 ounce)
2/3 cup (2 ounces) raw slivered or sliced almonds
2/3 cup (4 ounces) raw pepitas- pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (3 ounces) honey (maple syrup or agave nectar can be used also)
3 tablespoons Ghee- clarified butter
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon/pie spices
pinch of salt
1/3 cup (0.5 ounces) unsulfered unsweetened coconut flakes
You can mix in dried fruit, chocolate chips etc

Put all ingredients but the coconut flakes and mix ins into the bowl of your bread machine (with the paddle!). Select the jam cycle. Push start. Half way through the cycle add the coconut flakes. Once the machine has completed it's cycle remove the granola and mix in the dried fruit.
If you're not using a bread maker/ bread machine spread the granola with all the ingredients but the mix ins onto baking sheets and bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Stir every 15 minutes.

Variations and notes-
In place of Ghee try canola oil or butter- I prefer Ghee for the flavor and it has a high smoking point.
If you want lighter granola stopped the cycle early.Same for softer granola.
Fruits and other mix ins- apricots, blueberries, cherries, dates, raisins, apricots, mango, papaya, coconut, pineapple, yogurt raisins, various nuts, chocolate chips... so many options
Citrus or tropical- orange juice concentrate 2-3 tablespoons at the beginning of the cycle- mix in craisins or tropical fruits
Add 1/4 cup of  flax seed
Maple blueberry- use blueberries, almonds and maple syrup- maybe even some white chocolate chips
Apple cinnamon- add dried apple, apple pie spice and cinnamon chips

This is the bread maker we have.But it's not stainless steel.
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