Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Requested Recipe: Grizzly Bear Granola

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This yummy and easy treat was featured on our kids explore episode of Creative Juice.  You can whip up a big batch in under an hour!  Makes a great snack to have on hand or wrap it up in jars, tins or cello and give as a gift.

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2. In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in the vanilla.

3. In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

4. Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; finish mixing by hand. Spread the granola on a lipped cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely.

6. Stir in raisins or cranberries.

7. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.

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