Thursday, February 4, 2010

Easy granola

The October 2009 issue of Health Magazine had Jamie Oliver's easy granola as a feature and encouraged readers to "steal this dish." So I did and have been gifting it like crazy. I've since modified it to include whatever I have onhand. Here's the offical recipe!

2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
1 heaped cup mixed nuts
1/4 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, poppy, pumpkin, sesame)
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons maple syrup
About 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups dried fruit

Preheat oven to 350°. Put oatmeal, mixed nuts, mixed seeds, coconut, and cinnamon on a baking sheet. Stir well; smooth out. Drizzle with maple syrup and olive oil; stir. Bake 25-30 minutes. Every 5 minutes or so take out and stir, then smooth down with a wooden spoon and put back in oven. When granola is golden, remove from oven, mix in dried fruit (roughly chop any large pieces); let cool. Serve with milk or yogurt. You can keep leftover granola in an airtight container about 2 weeks, but it's so delicious we'll be surprised if it lasts that long!

Cook's Notes:

Triple this recipe. Trust me, everyone will rave about it and it is inexpensive to make.

In terms of dried fruit, I like the dried cranberry and pomegrante seed misture the best, but dried blueberries and raisins work well too. As for nuts, skip the chopping and buy walnut pices and sliced almonds.

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