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Herewith, Lauren Singer--the queen of buying in bulk and the blogger behind Trash is for Tossers--teaches us how to whip up a seasonally-inspired granola from ingredients that you can easily stock up on from your local co-op. Because zero-waste isn't just good for the environment; it makes for a much sweeter meal. Enjoy!
Brown Sugar Winter Spice Granola
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 4 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cup almonds chopped
- 1 1/2 cup other mixed nuts or seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, cashew etc.
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup canola oil UPDATE: I like using 1/3 cup Organic coconut oil instead of canola
- 2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 250F
- Combine the water and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until it boils and the sugar is completely dissolved
- Let the mixture cool to room temperature
- In the meantime combine the oats, almonds, other nuts and seeds, cinnamon, and salt and mix well
- Once the sugar mixture has cooled, add the oil and vanilla extract and stir until combined
- Pour the sugar mixture into the oat mixture and combine with your hands
- Transfer to a baking sheet and pat down in an even layer
- Bake for 60 minutes and then remove from the oven and using a spatula flip the granola
- Return to the oven for 60 minutes until the granola is completely dried
- Let cool before serving and store in a tightly sealed container. It will keep for 2 weeks.
UPDATE: I have been playing with this recipe and I have stated to add a few things to it:
- Add 1/4 cup Organic chia seeds to the mixture in step 4
- Substitute Organic coconut oil for the canola oil in step 5 (I think it makes a sweeter granola)
- Add 1/4 cup real maple syrup to the oat mixture in step 6 (I use Organic grade A)
- I like to add Organic dried fruit to the granola after step 10. I use either Organic dried cranberries or Organic raisins. (I use Organic dried fruit because non-organic is said to use petroleum based sulfites to preserve them, YUK)