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Alia’s Granola

 

Alia’s Granola!

This is my granola recipe from my friend and old roommate Alia (the best granola maker of all time). When I think granola, I think about Alia making the house smell wonderful on cool spring days in Halifax.

This is what the recipe says:

3 cups of old fashioned oats

1/2 cup of walnuts and almonds chopped together

sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, coconut

cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, any savory spices you have

1/4 cup of oil, sesame or olive

1/3 to 1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey

A little vanilla

bake a 375 for between 7-12 mins. Watching. Don’t let it get brown in the oven or it will burn! When it comes out add raisins or chopped apricots, or dates, whatever is needed to round it out.

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I’m not very good at following recipes so I approximated most of this but I think the main thing is to make sure you have enough oil/syrup to coat all the ingredients so that they bake and get golden. And, of course, that the ingredients are balanced enough to work.

For this round I used walnuts, almonds, sesame/flax/sunflower seeds, lots of coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, olive oil and maple syrup (I live in Quebec, that was a no brainer choice). I mixed it all up in a big bowl to make sure that the wet ingredients covered all the dry ones throughly, spread it all out on a cookie sheet and baked it, stirring often (hence the burn on my hand), until it seems crisp (probably about 15mins). Once it was cool I mixed in dried apricots.

It tastes great dry, looking forward to having it with yogurt tomorrow morning.

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