23 April 2011

almond macadamia granola

lately i've been experimenting with lots of different granola recipes.  some are too greasy, some are too dry.  some add oil and others use butter.  some recipes use ingredients that are nearly impossible to find.  each time i try a new recipe, though, the granola gets devoured.  needless to say, my people love granola.  and since earlier in the week i was able to snag some delicious greek yogurt at a fantastic price (couponing!) i figured it was time for a new batch.  but this time was different.  i didn't use a recipe, i just wanted something basic.  i threw it all together and it is probably my new favorite.  and the mr. would definitely agree.  it's the first thing he goes to in the morning and the first snack he grabs on his way in the door from work.  and i mean, for heaven's sake, is there any food which includes macadamia nuts that is not absolutely mouthwatering?  my vote is no.

3 cups rolled oats
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup macadamia nuts chopped
1 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup wheat germ

add all ingredients to large bowl and mix well.  to a medium size bowl, stir together:

1 cup oil
1 cup honey
2 T vanilla
2 t. salt

heat in microwave for 30 seconds just to soften the honey so it incorporates a little better into the oil, it doesn't need to be fully blended together.  pour mixture over oat mixture and toss to coat.  pour granola onto a large rimmed baking sheet and place in 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.  watch granola carefully, you want it to be a nice rich golden brown, but don't let it burn.  about half way through the baking time, remove from oven and stir the granola so it bakes evenly.  allow granola to completely cool and then use it for all sorts of yumminess.  how about this?

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