Thursday, February 02, 2006

Skillet Granola

Anna has been taking my homemade granola to school for snack. Here, by popular demand, is the recipe:
  • 2 cups raw rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup chopped nuts
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 2/3 cups wheat germ

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup raisins, barely covered with hot water.
  1. Have all ingredients measured and chopped before you start cooking, as the cooking goes fast and requires constant stirring. Leave the raisins covered with water (to slightly hydrate them) until you are ready to add them.
  2. Use a large, heavy skillet. Put the oats and the nuts in the pan over medium heat, and stir until they just start to brown.
  3. Add the coconut and sunflower seeds.Keepp the heat and stirring constant.
  4. When the coconut has started to brown, add the sesame seeds and wheat germ, still stirring.
  5. Sprinkle the brown sugar and salt over the granola, then stir it all in. The brown sugar will start to melt and bind the grains together.
  6. Drain the raisins, but don't dry them. Add the wet raisins to the granola, stirring to let the moisture steam through the granola. Stir until you see no wet spots, then turn off the heat and let the granola cool thoroughly before storage.

This makes about six cups. You can cut the recipe in half if you don't have a large skillet.

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