Someone on another post mentioned granola, which reminded me that I'm looking for a good granola recipe. There's a restaurant nearby that has the most delicious granola -- it's not oily, and seems mostly just to be oats, nuts, cherries, strips of coconut, all toasted. Part of the attraction, I think, is that they serve it with whole milk unless you ask for low-fat. Does anyone have a really good basic granola recipe? Thanks.
Here is the one that's is my favorite. It's from Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles.
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not the quick-cooking variety)
3/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds
1 cup coarsely chopped unblanched almonds
½ cup wheat germ
½ cup powdered nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup safflower oil
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup honey or malt syrup
½ cup dried apricots, finely chopped
½ cup dried figs, finely chopped
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup raisins
Stir together the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ, dry milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla. Set it aside.
Combine the oil, maple syrup and honey in small saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium heat until it starts to bubble, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour over oat mixture and toss with hands or wooden spoon until ingredients are moistened.
Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees 20-30 minutes, stirring once. or twice. Edges tend to brown first, so stir carefully. When lightly browned, remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
Loosen from pan in chunks and add apricots, figs, golden raisins and raisins. Store in plastic freezer bags or other airtight container. It also freezes well.
This is a great granola recipe, it's very friendly to modifications but also delicious as is:
I usually decrease the brown sugar to 1/4 cup. I also add dried fruits like cranberries and cherries after baking, don't add them before or they will turn into inedible black chunks. Use whatever fruits and nuts you like, I prefer chopped (not sliced) almonds and pecans. You could definitely add coconut as well. I love the vanilla in this, it makes the whole house smell amazing as you bake it! Also, resist the urge to munch until it cools completely, the crunchiness and flavors develop as it cools....mmm.......