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Recipe: Crispy Granola

September 7th 04:09pm, 2017

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I confess I have never been a fan of granola, but now I will have to amend that statement to “I have never been a fan of store-bought granola.” This granola is magnificent with yogurt or even just eaten plain as a snack. The cardamom and vanilla add a nice bit of spice, and the whole batch together tastes toasty and not too sweet.

This combo of dried fruit and nuts is my particular favorite. You can change any of the mix-ins according to your preference, and even omit the nuts entirely for a nut-free variation. For a gluten-free option, make sure your oats are gluten-free and omit the wheat germ. This makes enough to share – though you may not want to.

 

Crispy Granola
Adapted from a recipe at Serious Eats
About 9 cups

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 heaping cup wheat germ
1 heaping Tbsp. chia seeds
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
¾ cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or 1 split and scraped vanilla bean
1 tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup cashews
½ cup sliced almonds
1 tsp. olive oil
½ cup dried blueberries
½ cup dried tart cherries
½ cup golden raisins

• In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, wheat germ and chia seeds. Stir in the buttermilk and melted butter until evenly coated. Cover with a towel and set aside 20 minutes, until the oats appear dry.
• Stir in the sugar, vanilla, cardamon and salt and toss to coat evenly. Cover with a towel and set aside 30 minutes, until the mixture looks loose and damp.
• Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
• Spread the pumpkin seeds, cashews and almonds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, until fragrant and beginning to brown. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, toss with the oil and stir in the blueberries, dried cherries and raisins. Set aside.
• Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.
• Spread the oat-mixture in an even layer across the same baking sheet. Bake 75 to 100 minutes, stirring the granola every 20 to 25 minutes, until the oats are toasted and dry.
• Add the toasted oats to the dried fruit and nuts, stir to combine, then return to the baking sheet and let cool completely. Transfer to airtight containers. The granola can be stored for several weeks at room temperature.

Amrita Song is the owner and baker at Mila Sweets.

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