June 08, 2010

Chewy Granola

When it comes to hiking, I LOVE the snacks.  My favorite snack would have to be chewy granola (with lots and lots of m&m's and nuts - shhhh don't tell).  I LOVE the fact that you can just grab a handful and go.  Or just grab a handful and sit.  It also works well to throw a handful or two in your jersey pocket for those long or short bike rides.  Just don't forget the water bottle.   
Chewy Granola Recipe
•1/2 cup sesame seeds
•1/2 cup almond slivers
•1/2 cup sunflower seeds
•1/2 cup dried cranberries
•1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
•1/2 cup flour
•1/2 cup dry milk powder
•4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted or at least softened
•2 tablespoons raw organic coconut oil
•2 tablespoons safflower oil
•2/3 cup honey
•2 1/2 cup oats 
•pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 275.
Mix all ingredients until well integrated.

Pour granola mixture onto a baking sheet. Don't spread it out too much, keep it clumped together near the center of the pan. (I put my oven rack close to the top of the oven so that the bottom doesn't brown too quickly.) Bake for 20 minutes.

Then take out granola, mix and spread out more evenly over the entire baking pan. But don't break up the clumps too much, we want those chewy clusters later. Bake another 8-10 minutes, mix granola again to insure even browning.

Bake 8 -10 more minutes and you should be ready. The granola should be only golden brown, not too dark. Try to wait until it is cooled before indulging in a bowl. As the granola cools its wonderful texture emerges, becoming chewy and delicious.
If you are willing to part with a little granola,
pack up a jar or two and share it with all of your cycling friends.

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