Update: Fruit, Spice, Nut Granola

Monday, January 25, 2010

UPDATE: I made a second batch of Gourmet's Fruit and Spice Granola. After seeing a granola recipe in Martha Stewart Living, I swapped in 1/2 cup olive oil for the butter. The results were just as good as the original and a little healthier. Here's the revised recipe:

Fruit, Nut, Spice Granola
based on Gourmet's Fruit and Spice Granola

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 c. each dried cranberries, raisins and chopped dried apricots

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl stir together oats, coconut, nuts, salt and spices.
3. In a small saucepan melt butter with honey over low heat, stirring occasionally. Pour butter mixture over oat mixture and toss to combine well (I used salad tongs to toss the oats).
4. Spread granola evenly in 2 shallow baking pans and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, stirring frequently and switching position of pans halfway through baking, until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
5. In large bowl combine granola with dried fruits and cool, stirring occasionally for 1 1/2 hours as it cools.

(Granola keeps in an airtight container, chilled, 1 month.)



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