Sunday, June 19, 2011

Homemade Granola with Dried Blueberries

This is the perfect breakfast to enjoy during the summer months. It does require turning on your oven, but this recipe makes a lot and lasts for a while, so it's worth it. I really like using brown rice syrup in granola—it blends together nicely with any kind of expeller-pressed oil and binds everything together without being too sticky. This tastes great mixed into a coconut or soy yogurt or served with a splash of fresh raw almond milk.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup expeller pressed oil (I use walnut oil)
2 1/2 cups thick rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup peanuts
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried blueberries

METHOD
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Pour 1/2 cup oil into a 1-cup sized measuring cup. Top it off by slowly pouring the 1/2 cup of brown rice on top of that. (The brown rice syrup is very sticky—pouring it into a partially-filled cup of oil ensures that it won't stick to anything.) Pour the mixture into a small bowl and mix vigorously for about a minute, using a strong fork. Set aside.


In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the blueberries and salt. Give the oil and syrup mixture another good stir and then pour it over the granola mixture. Stir until all of the granola is very well-coated.

Grease the corners of a large baking sheet with a bit of oil, then spread the granola onto the baking sheet evenly. Sprinkle with the salt and then place in the oven to bake for 1 hour, stirring after 30 minutes to prevent burning or sticking.

Stir the blueberries into the granola once it comes out of the oven. Let it cool completely and then transfer to an airtight container.


6 comments:

  1. This looks super delicious! I just found dried blueberries at a health food store the other day and apart from gobbling them up like the individual little bliss bundles they are I was wondering what to do with them. Granola it is! Thanks for the awesome looking recipe.

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  2. dried blueberries in homemade granola just sounds fabulous!!

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  3. There's nothing like home made granola! It's fresh taste and crunchy goodness is unparalleled.

    Don't you hate it when you buy granola (which tends to be on the expensive side of food purchases) and you take it home, only to open it up and find that all or parts of it (like the nuts) are rancid or stale? Real downer!

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  4. I agree Juanita -- homemade food with minimal processing is always best!

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  5. I love using walnut oil when making granola. This looks so good!

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