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May 11, 2010 01:59 PM

Granola with molasses?

I've just found out I'm slightly anemic and want to get more iron in my diet. Since I often snack on granola, I was thinking of making some homemade using blackstrap molasses. I like the flavor of molasses pretty well, but I'm sure just subbing in blackstrap for honey in a regular recipe is going to be horribly overwhelming. Anyone have any recipes/ideas? I prefer the low- or no-oil granola recipes just as taste preference... Thanks!

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  1. i always add 1/3 c molasses to my granola....rough proportions are 4 c oats, 2 c whatever nuts i have, including sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazlenuts, walnuts, almonds, 1/4 c wheat germ, 1/4 c ground flax seed. For the "sauce" i mix 1/3 c oil (sorry), 1/3 c molasses, 1/3 c maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Mix, spread on baking sheet, bake at 325 approx 35 minutes, stir ocassionally . Add lots of dried fruit.

    1. My recipe is similar to kwar228's except I use 1/3 c honey, 1/3 c maple syrup, and, yes, 1/3 c. oil. But I think subbing the molasses for the honey--or possibly even the maple syrup--would be delicious.

      1. Some quick breads and muffins call for generous amounts of molasses - pumpkin breads, ginger bread, parkin (a British oatmeal ginger bread). But most call for a dark or robust molasses, but not blackstrap.

        1. i've used both blackstrap and regular molasses, and they're both good--slightly more intense flavor with blackstrap, but i like it.