I made granola twice ever… the first was so incredible and simple, I made it again a few weeks later. and then I proceeded to completely forget its existence.
that ended tuesday night. and I had granola for dinner. I know it’s a bit higher in calories for the bulk compared to other snacks, but it is delicious. and. so. simple.
I decided on a mix similar to the first time I made it – simple ingredients that are just my favorites. I splurged on walnuts at walmart, which were randomly twice as much as all the other nuts. but, I was at walmart, and my homemade granola (for 17 oz. instead of the typical 12 oz.) was nowhere near the cost of store-bought. so, I really, really didn’t care. :-) and walnuts are delicious!
so, here are the really intense directions…
mix all the wet ingredients in a large bowl. add all the dry ingredients on top and stir until its fairly even. pat into a pan (I spritzed it with cooking spray first).
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (I used the real stuff this time :-) )
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
bake at 325 F for 25-30 mins. to retain delicious granola chunks, stir only once.
I calculated the nutritional information through spark people’s calculator. I forgot about this great tool until I was perusing my old blog (that’s also how I remembered the granola). it is so user-friendly for calculating stats in recipes like this. you select your ingredients in their database, then total, and choose how many portions you want. to make it super simple, I weighed my finished granola in grams, and then guessed-and-checked until I had portions that were big enough with reasonable stats for a snack. at 8.5 servings (which is fine, because not all are getting measured), the basics are: 235 calories, 8 g fat, 38 g carbohydrates, 3.7 g fiber, and 4.8 g protein. (one note: do NOT push Enter while calculating any statistics with the calculator. it took me four tries because it kept wiping my screen and sending me back to the beginning. you’d think i’d learn.)
let me know if you try it (or, if you have any other good granola combos)!!!
in other events, I’m having a bit of a reading attention-deficit. I’m really enjoying game of thrones, but i did not feel like reading it the past two days. so… i dipped into another. i have a special place in my life for young adult fiction. enter: the uglies.
it’s excellent so far, should be a little bit hunger games-esque.