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Nutty Granola

on June 11, 2015

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Mmm... breakfast!

Mmm… breakfast!

I mentioned making this granola for the first time in a Busy Week Meal Plan post almost 10 months ago.  Since then I’ve made a version of it nearly every week.  Nutty granola is to this year what Baked Oatmeal was to last year.

Not only is it delicious enough to eat week after week, it’s easy enough that my kid cooks can do most of the work!

Start by whisking most of the ingredients.

Start by whisking (or having a kid cook whisk) most of the ingredients.

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Then, have a kid cook stir in oats.

If you have two kid cooks, they should take turns.  Hey, I didn't say they'd be happy about it!

If you have two kid cooks, they should take turns. Hey, I didn’t say they’d be happy about it!

Add nuts of your choice.  I really like these blanched, slivered almonds.

Add nuts of your choice. I really like these blanched, slivered almonds.

Though I've done whole almonds (which are easier to pick out for a kid who is too little to eat them) and cashews.

Though I’ve done whole almonds and cashews, which are easier to pick out for a kid who is too little to eat them.

Walnuts are another favorite.

Walnuts are another favorite.

I do an extra step of breaking them up and removing as much of the skin as possible. (Doesn't the whole one look like it's floating? Weird!)

I do an extra step of breaking them up and removing as much of the skin as possible. (Doesn’t the whole one look like it’s floating? Magic nut!)

Now, here's the trick... press it down into an even layer.

Now, here’s the trick… press it down into an even layer.

Take care to press down the sides.  The side of a measuring cup works really well for this!

Take care to press down the sides. The edge of a measuring cup works really well for this!

Bake it for 20 minutes and rotate the pan.

Bake it for 20 minutes and rotate the pan.

Bake it for 10-20 more minutes.  Let your nose lead the way.  When it really starts to smell amazing and the edges start to brown, it's done!

Bake it for 10-20 more minutes. Let your nose lead the way. When it really starts to smell amazing and the edges start to brown, it’s done!

We add some raisins and eat it like cereal.

We add some raisins and eat it like cereal.

Oz usually requests a few types of cereal in his bowl (granola being one of them).  This mixing cereal thing is something I did when he was in my belly.  Isn’t it funny how kids often end up liking the things their moms craved while expecting?  I guess that’s why Danny’s favorite restaurant is the local Mexican joint. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • ¼ c maple syrup
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ½ c vegetable oil
  • 4 t vanilla
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 6 c oats
  • 2 c nuts of choice
  • raisins (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together syrup, brown sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla, and cinnamon until emulsified.
  4. Add oats and stir until coated.
  5. Chop nuts if desired and then stir them in.
  6. Spread onto prepared baking sheet, pressing into an even layer, taking care to press down the edges.
  7. Bake about 20 minutes, rotate pan and bake another 10-20 minutes. (Keep an eye on the edges!  Your nose should give you a heads up.)
  8. Cool in the pan for an hour or more and then break apart.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  10. Add raisins if desired to individual servings right before eating.

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Have him whisk. (Such a big bowl helps to keep it all in there rather than all over the counter!)
  • Have him stir in the oats and nuts.
  • Have him help press it into an even layer.
  • Share a nibble with him as soon as it’s cool enough to snitch!

This recipe is modified from the granola recipe found on page 228 of The America’s Test Kitchen D.I.Y. Cookbook.

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