|It's 80 degrees today. In December. I know some people around here are kind of annoyed but I? Am reveling.|
I'm not sure if this recipe deserves a Whole Foods badge. I mean, if it's not entirely made up of whole foods then it's at least really really close. Since I was trying to be pretty strict during our 3 month trial period I never made it because I was unsure about the powdered milk thing. But now that our 3 months are up I'm relaxing the rules a bit and trying to find a happy medium that allows us to eat as healthily as possible within a budget with some convenience mixed in.
So last night I made granola and then I ate it with organic yogurt. And I was happy.
This is the softer kind of granola. It gets crunchier the longer you cook it though, if that's your style. You can mix in whatever you want, which is the beauty of granola. My favorite is sliced almonds and craisins. My friend who originally gave me this recipe always does shredded coconut in hers along with whatever she has on hand. I added a good pile of cinnamon to this last batch because I'm throwing large amounts of cinnamon willy-nilly into everything I make these days and I loved the way it turned out.
Edit: I've discovered that you can substitute a large portion of the oil with apple sauce. It cuts the calories way down AND somehow makes the granola turn out a little softer and sweeter. I've changed the recipe a bit to add the applesauce.
Recipe originally from my good friend Catherine
5 cups rolled oats
1 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple sauce (make sure it's a heaping 1/4 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
Whatever mix-ins your little heart desires
Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with foil then grease.
Mix together oats, salt and mix ins. Stir in powdered milk and mix well to coat everything. Stir in olive oil, honey and vanilla and mix until well combined.
Spread on foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye on it and pull it out when it's getting nicely browned.
Let cool on cookie sheet for 30 minutes to 2 hours. After 30 minutes it will be really crumbly. After 2 hours it will break into large chewy pieces.