Monday, February 8, 2010

I'm back... and with GRANOLA!

Sorry I have been away for so long.  Just needed a lil' break from blogging, although I have kept up with all of your blogs during my break!  Well, it's been very snowy around here and I have been craving really good, but really bad for me food.  Here is a recipe from my sis-in-law, Corine.  It's the most scrumptious granola ev-ah!

Heat about 2 Tbs. olive oil on med. heat in an iron skillet if possible, if not any old skillet will do.
Pour in 2 1/2 cups of oats and 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.  Stir for 5-8 mins. until lightly toasted...keep it moving.  Pour mixture onto baking sheet/jelly roll pan.
Put in 1/2 cup butter (REAL BUTTER),

1/3 cups brown sugar, and 2 Tbs. honey, and if you'd like you can add a handful of your favorite chopped nuts at this time or you can mix them in at the end which is what I did this time.
When mixture starts to bubble, 
pour oat mixture back into skillet and cook for 3-5 more minutes, stirring constantly.
Pour mixture back onto baking sheet/jelly roll pan . Go ahead and add whatever you'd like...this time I used a mixture of dried cherries, blueberries, and cranberries, sliced almonds and pecan pieces.  
Mix it all together.

Eat the whole dang thing now or put in a cute container to munch on later or give away (yeah, right).

Scrumptious Granola
2 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/3 c. real butter
1/2 c. coconut
2 Tbs. honey
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1 c. nuts of choice (1/2 c. each of 2)
1/2 c. dried berries of choice
(could add choc. chips, banana chips, etc.)

*Heat iron skillet on med-high.  Add olive oil then add oats and coconut. 
*Cook, stirring frequently for about 5-8 mins. just to toast.
*Remove oats from the skillet and pour them one a baking sheet/jelly roll pan.  
*Melt the butter, brown sugar, and honey in the skillet on the stove until it's bubbly.
*Add the oat mixture and nuts back into the skillet and mix with the butter mixture.
*Cook 3-5 mins., stirring frequently.
*Pour back on the baking sheet/jelly roll pan.
*Add the rest of the ingredients and cool.
*Store in air tight container.



Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Hellloooo!! Hope all is well!

Homemade granola is delish. And I just learned how easy it is to make popcorn on the stove top, so I'm in a bit of an experimental popcorn flavors stage. :-)

Thrifty Cottage Dreams said...

Yes it is, thank you! We recieved a good old fashioned stove top popcorn popper for Christmas and it makes some GOOD popcorn ;o)

Apron Thrift Girl said...

I can't eat oatmeal but I tell you when I saw this post my stomach growled with hunger. It looks so delicious.

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