Thursday, March 11, 2010

Grubbin' Granola

When Thomas slept in until 8 am this morning (can you hear the angels singing?!?), I had an extra hour to get the kitchen cleaned and finish some Finian Road projects.  When he got up for breakfast, I had the chance to make homemade granola while he was eating.

I originally made it for a great portable snack for him, but it tastes so yummy, that it's now an official Ski Family Snack, at home or on the go.  I love that this recipe can be completely customized -- I can't wait to add dried blueberries or cranberries to the next round. 

Above, the dry ingredients, just before mixing it all together. 

The Dry Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
The Wet Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar (or you could use honey)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup canola oil  (or you could use 3/4 cup applesauce)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
The Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Spray a 9x13 pan, both the bottom and sides
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl, then pour into large bowl
  • Using your hands, mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  • Pat the mixture into the greased pan
  • Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove when they are golden brown around the edges.
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes, and cut into bars.  (I used a pizza cutter)
The verdict from the Wee Ski?

He's a fan.  :)

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