Thursday, December 24, 2009

Pecan Cherry Granola

I love to make granola, especially around the winter time when it is cold. I also love to make my granola soft, almost like I took an oatmeal cookie and crumbled it up. Eating it like cereal with warm milk is the best on a cold morning!

You will need:
3 cups oats
1 1/2 all whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups pecans

1 cup dried cherries
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter ( I use a vegan substitute )
1/2 cup honey or agave syrup
cinnamon and all spice to taste

Preheat oven for 350d. Spray down a cookie sheet or two and mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. When the ingredients are all mixed, spread out on the cookie sheets and bake. If you want softer granola for cereals, put it all on one cookie sheet with edges, if you want crunchier granola spread it out over two. Bake until you feel the top get crunchy and pull it out to mix it up and bake it some more. Because there is nothing that needs to cook all the way through you may bake it as long or as short as you want, or until it is the consistency you want. Let the granola cool on the cookie sheet completely. The honey or syrup will continue to cook the granola outside the oven and will let the crunchy chunks set, so this is important. Bag up and enjoy!

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