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Does anyone have a favorite homemade granola recipe that they would share? I thought this would be a fun holiday gift, instead of cookies, but don't have too much time to experiment with a lot of recipes. Thanks in advance!

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  1. I swear by the Barefoot Contessa recipe. You can find it here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

    Link: http://dcfoodblog.blogspot.com

    1. I've been using oats, toasted almonds, golden raisins, dried cherries, coated with some oil, honey, some brown sugar, a bit of maple syrup, vanilla extract and a touch of cinnamon. I found a recipe, Vanilla Scented Granola in epicurious.com, and have sort of been changing it around to suit my tastes. Trying to find ways to cut down the fat content - next time I'm going to try doing it w/out the oil completely and see if that works.

      Laurie

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      1. re: sivyaleah

        I don't follow a recipe per se, but I also always use maple syrup. I find you can cut back on the oil if you use a quality syrup, and you'll still get top marks for flavour and crispiness.

      2. Granola recipes are very flexible. You may want to try such additions as sunflower, flax and/or sesame seeds, sliced almonds, different dried fruits, wheat germ, etc.

        In my experience it's best to add any dried fruits at the end, as they can burn in the oven.

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        1. re: doctor_mama

          I agree with adding the dried fruit at the end of cooking, while it's cooling. Nothing worse than desicated and burnt fruit on your granola :-)

          Laurie

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          farmersdaughter

          Here's the one my mom and I make. Everyone loves it and it makes a great gift in a nice plastic canister with a pretty bow.

          8 cups oats (do not use quick cooking)
          1/2 c vegetable oil
          1/2 cup packed brown sugar
          1 cup honey
          1 tsp vanilla
          1/4 tsp salt
          1 c shelled unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted
          1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
          1 cup sliced unsalted almonds, toasted
          1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins or blueberries

          Preheat oven to 350. Place oatmeal and toasted nuts in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat oil, sugar and honey over medium heat until thin, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and salt. Pour over oatmeal mixture and toss to combine (reserve the bowl). Spread evenly on 2 large baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 - 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then return to the bowl and toss with dried fruit.

          1. I agree the Barefoot Contessa's recipe is the best but I use a slightly different one of hers. Just has more dried fruit but you can substitute any fruits or nuts you want.

            Link: http://starchefs.com/features/holiday...

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            1. re: Susan
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              peppermint pate

              This one gets another vote from me - I make this recipe all the time and it's always a hit. I make 2 little changes - I use less oil (about 1/2) and unsweetened coconut shavings. You can easily play around with the proportions and add-ons to suit your own taste. Enjoy.