Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Almost Crack Granola


It's been a busy month; I mean the one that is over-though this one shows no sign of letting up. August found me helping my folks with getting ready for the big move and then the in laws arrived pulling the 5th wheel. At the age of 82 they are still enjoying the ride-so to speak. Well, they pulled out today and now I feel like I'm 82. I apologize for not keeping up with all my buds in cyberspace and plan on relaxing and reading about some good food in the next few days.

Meanwhile...I never thought I'd be sharing a recipe for granola; but I guess one can't have a blog without a recipe for granola. At least from what I've seen. It seems everyone who's anyone has a recipe for granola and many have more than one. I've not been one to make granola, at least until this year. I saw this recipe and those pictures and felt compelled to make this right away. Which I did. And I've done. Like way more than once. Yes, this recipe may not make me a granola head, but my head sure knows the recipe by heart. 

I remember when making granola and homemade yogurt used to be part of everyone's repertoire- at least the repertoire of college campuses in the 70's. I never got into it back then and always partook of the few ready made varieties. Of course I could have gone into the few health food stores and dipped the scoop into a bin and probably met a few granola heads on the way. But I didn't. I liked pizza and beer too much; which meant I didn't eat breakfast too early. But I did make a pretty good gorp with lots of M and M's for our weekend hikes; probably using Quaker Oats granola out of the box.


So what finally made me cross the bridge into granola land? I have no idea. But I'm glad I did. And anyone that has tasted this, is glad I did, too! A few weeks ago, which seems like forever, I brought this up to the mountains to eat for breakfast. We had been invited to spend a weekend with friends and I offered to bring up some breakfast food. I did bring some awesome scones, which I'll supply you with later, and some great home made jams. Plus this granola. Which we ate for breakfast. And which we ate by the handful while walking out the door with another handful when walking in the door. It's good granola and I'm not one to wax eloquently about oats, even though I like them.

At home manservant does not allow this on the counter. But weekends in the mountains do not count. Most call this granola addicting. In fact, I could probably name this crack granola, which I might, and it would be true. It is addicting. You might think it odd that it contains salt. Think again. The combination of salty and sweet is what makes this so over the top. I kid you not. You could decrease the salt, but then it becomes a bit mundane. Ordinary. Just granola. At least in my humble opinion, which is very humble indeed. Throw in your favorite combo of dried fruit (of which mine are apricots and cherries) and you have granola that is fit for a king and queen. In my humble opinion... as the queen of this space. Just sayin'. 


Almost Crack Granola (adapted from 11 Madison Park)

Yield: About 5-6 cups (But I always double this and use two cookie sheets)
Time: About 15 minutes active; about 30-40 minutes baking
Ingredients:
2 3/4 c oats
1 c nuts (I use sliced almonds)
1/3 c pepitas
1/4 c chia seeds
2-3 t coarse salt
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c maple syrup
1/3 c olive oil
1/2 c sliced dried apricots
1/2 c dried cherries
1/2 c golden or dark raisins

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300. Stir oats, nuts, pepitas, chia seeds and salt in a large bowl. Heat brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil in a large measuring cup in microwave for about 1 minute or until the sugar dissolves. Pout over oat mixture in mixing bowl and stir well.

Place on a parchment lined 15 x 10 jelly roll pan and pat into one layer. Bake at 300 for about 30-40 minutes, stirring as necessary until light to dark gold, (your choice) however the less you stir the more clusters this will make. When baked to your liking, remove from oven. Sprinkle and lightly press dried fruit on top of granola but do not stir it in. Wait until this cools and then break into pieces while mixing in fruit.

Feel free to mix up your fruit/nut combo. The original recipe also contains coconut flakes. Imagine that with macadamias and dried pineapple. Hmm. Time for a new batch!


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31 comments:

  1. Yup, it will be apricots and cherries for me, too! Can't help but make some crack granola here, too!
    PS...we would have been fast friends in college...pizza and beer was a given!

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    1. i have no doubt we would have been fast friends. Com back to Denver soon, Liz!

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  2. Oh my gosh, so funny! And after spending a week in Texas with my mother, I am laughing with you not at you. She wore me out! I guess I need to get my granola recipe up on my blog because you made me realize that is one recipe I haven't covered. Yours looks wonderful. Love the dried fruit.

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    1. Let's get together again soon, Karen. I bet we have a lot of tales to share. And I bet your granola is great!

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  3. I think granola is the new bacon. ;-) Well, OK, nothing will ever replace bacon, but it sure is popular. Although maybe a granola bacon? Is that even possible? I guess not, so we'll have to settle for plain old crack granola, and yours sure qualifies. This looks terrific -- thanks.

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    1. Sure makes you wonder, John! Maybe not bacon granola, but perhaps bacon maple granola bars. now that's a thought!

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  4. I might just make this because you say this is crack granola. This looks like something I would be addicted to.

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    1. Well, I've never had crack so I guess this will have to do! And it is addicting for people like me with no willpower!

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    2. Making this today, Abbe. Will keep you posted :D

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  5. o granola...so addictive! My husband loves it a lot, esp. if I made them into energy bars. Your muesli bowls are so pretty.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Moroccan bowls from a friend in Israel. I love them-and her!

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  6. This looks so good - I could munch on it all day, I think! I really love the bowl and the spoon. It's beautiful. Thanks for taking time out to write this post, Abbe. You must be tired! xo

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    1. Aw Sharon, you are so sweet. The little spoon was from my mom's house. She is trying to give a lot to us kids. And I believe this may have been part of my grandmother's spoon collection. I love it, too!

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  7. I love the name of your granola! Darn, now I have to do a granola post! Great recipe!

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    1. Thanks Mimi! It is really good, but you can vary it is so many ways. Can't wait to see your version!

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  8. I need this granola - if it is addictive, I want it :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. This is so aptly named. Maybe remove almost. :)

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    1. It wasn't to tough, Maureen! But you can remove almost if you want!

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  10. I love homemade granola and yours looks terrific!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. give it a try and let me know what you think!

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  11. This granola looks absolutely addictive.
    Your bowls and the spoon are so pretty, Abbe.

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  12. Granola has to have copious amounts of dried fruit. I have granola often on top of yogurt which is usually from a box. This must change.

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  13. I make my copycat Nature valley granola bars every week - and I call them crack too - but for no other reason than my husband will actually eat it with yogurt and fruit, which I am thrilled - he will actually let me know when he's getting low!

    http://www.mybizzykitchen.com/2014/03/27/copycat-nature-valley-crunchy-granola-bars/

    Have a great weekend!

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  14. This reminds me - I need a fix! Granola fix, of course :) I love granola and this sounds like a great recipe. Seems I eat more of it in the cooler months for whatever reason!

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  15. this granola looks super healthy and filling!

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  16. I think I would love this as a snack mid-day. I find granola addictive, don't you? Great little recipe and I hope life slows down a little bit for you. Take care, BAM

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  17. what a delicious granola recipe...and we loved those beautiful,artistic bowl and spoon,thanks :-)

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  18. Hi Abbe, I take granola with me when we hike, love this recipe.

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  19. Apricots in mine for sure! I wish I didn't have to work today and go straight into the kitchen to make this! Sounds sensational, can't wait to try it Abbe.

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  20. This looks yummy!! I love all the fruit, definitely addictive! This would make a nice gift too.

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