Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Foodie Granola



I had granola on my mind this morning.  Don't know why.  Went surfing the net for some ideas and then winged it in the end.  The cool thing about granola is that you can use just about any ingredients you really want to, it's all  about having the right moisture content.  Once you have that, you toast and enjoy.  Here's my recipe from this morning:

Lynnea's Fruit Compote Granola

5 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. honey
1 c. fruit compote (I used a strawberry-applesauce that my kids and I made a couple of weeks ago)
1/2 c. nuts  chopped or sliced (today I used sliced almonds, but you could chop walnuts, pecans, etc - anything tastes nutty good)
1 c. coconut
1/2 c. melted butter (sub in oil if you prefer)
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. seeds (today I threw in sunflower seeds)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. chocolate chips (I'm using 1/2 and 1/2 white chocolate and milk chocolate in this batch)

Preheat oven to 375F.  Mix all ingredients except the chocolate chips.  Line two cookie sheets with foil and spread the granola mixture in them.  Toast in oven for 5 minutes, then stir to turn a bit.  Keep toasting in 5 minute intervals until your granola is at the desired golden brown of your choice.  I like mine on the toastier side, it took mine 18 minutes but any more would have been a burned yuck mess.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Don't worry if it seems too moist, as it cools, it dries to perfection.  After cool, add in the chocolate chips.
To eat, add milk and spoon, eat to your heart's delight.

Here is the nutritional information based on the Recipe Calculator at http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp


 Calories273.0
  Total Fat13.6 g
     Saturated Fat7.4 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat2.5 g
     Monounsaturated Fat3.2 g
  Cholesterol14.2 mg
  Sodium173.4 mg
  Potassium265.1 mg
  Total Carbohydrate49.9 g
     Dietary Fiber5.3 g
     Sugars22.5 g
  Protein4.7 g
  Vitamin A2.9 %
  Vitamin B-120.2 %
  Vitamin B-64.2 %
  Vitamin C6.0 %
  Vitamin D0.8 %
  Vitamin E13.1 %
  Calcium6.2 %
  Copper18.4 %
  Folate8.1 %
  Iron12.9 %
  Magnesium20.9 %
  Manganese107.6 %
  Niacin3.8 %
  Pantothenic Acid    8.1 %
  Phosphorus    26.2 %
  Riboflavin5.4 %
  Selenium4.8 %
  Thiamin20.8 %
  Zinc12.5 %


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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