Apricot Coconut Almond Granola

7.27.2012


Granola is one of those things that are easy to make and last a long time. I still can´t get over how expensive it is in the supermarket, considering the above mentioned points.

I´m typing this wearing gloves, the thickest wool sweater ever, and a pashmina as a scarf. You see, the gas company decided that I hadn´t paid a bill from June of last year so they decided to cut off my gas yesterday. I already took care of it, and they considered I was nice enough to send a guy to fix the little problem, considering it´s winter and the lower part of my house is without heating. But don´t feel sorry, it´s not a very cold day.


Anyway, being a bit cold kinda makes you hungry. The just-coffee breakfast I have everyday fell a bit short this morning. In comes this granola, that I´m having right now with some natural yogurt and blueberries. Not exactly winter-comfort-breakfast-food-while-you-wait-for-the-gas-company-to-spare-you-someone-to-come-and-make-your-house-warm-again, I know. A cold breakfast, on a winter day when your gas is cut off?

But it´s my favorite granola, the one that I make over and over. Besides the different additions, which like most granolas, depend on what you like and many times on what nuts and fruits are lying around, I like the ratio of honey and oil. It makes for a super crunchy, not too sweet mixture. And it lasts for weeks.


To end this on a bright note, the guy finally came, and my gas stove is working perfectly again, so, like with the guys that came to fix my car, I shared a muffin with him. The poor guy was just doing his job after all, and he was colder than me.



APRICOT ALMOND GRANOLA
adapted from Country Weekend Entertaining, by Anna Pump with Gen LeRoy

Makes about 5 cups

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats
½ cup coconut
½ teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup whole almonds
½ cup honey
¼ cup oil
2 Tbs sesame seeds
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
½ cup sliced peanuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 300º F / 150º C.
In a large bowl mix oats, coconut, cardamom, cinnamon and almonds.
In a small saucepan, heat oil and honey, just until honey and oil are well combined.
Pour this mixture over the oats and toss well to coat thoroughly.
Put this honey oat mixture on an oven tray and spread it evenly. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, tossing everything around once or twice. Five minutes before you take it out of the oven, add raisins, apricots, peanuts and sesame seeds.
Let cool on rack, and store in airtight container at room tº.




11 comments:

  1. This granola sounds really good. I will have to give it a try. I recently found a granola recipe with cinnamon in it and fell in love with it. I have never thought of cardamom. Will have to throw that in my next batch!

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  2. I love homemade granola...and yours looks awesome. Love the addition of sesame seeds (one of my favorite things)!

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  3. I'm so glad you got warmed up again! Your granola looks just perfect...the cardamom is a nice touch!

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  4. Paula, nice to read that you are warm again - your granola recipe looks like it calls for some "warm spices" too - I think that cinnamon and cardamom are delicous in any recipe.

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  5. I love homemade granola, but have never made it! Love the addition of the cardamom! I guess I should give it a try! Sounds delicious!

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  6. That looks like very delicious granola!

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  7. This granola beats store bought hands down my friend, delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  8. So glad your stove is fixed...I always marvel too at the price of granola in grocery stores. Why so much? Your version looks delicious - can't wait to try it.

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  9. My favorite granola is the Eleven Madison Park version (a NYC restaurant formerly owned by Danny Meyer). In fact I made it to top the Olive Oil Ice Cream, if you remember. But a week ago, my daughter made granola that included apricots and coconut but not peanuts nor raisins like yours. And, the spices were different. I loved hers and I am going to try yours. I like to eat it as snack and always have some around.

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  10. I'm crazy about homemade granola. Especially when it has coconut in it. This is a fabulous recipe! :)

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