Monday, October 29, 2012

SRC:Brown Sugar Granola

For this month's secret recipe club swap, I was assigned Finding Joy in My Kitchen.  "SnoWhite" is a doctor by day and cook by night.  She started cooking as a hobby during graduate school mainly as a way to maintain her food allergy and since then it's turned into so much more.  Her love of cooking started way before school; her mom and grandmothers all enjoyed cooking and were very good at what they did.  They have played a roll in her joy of cooking and are an inspiration to her while in the kitchen.
After browsing through a multitude of recipes, I finally decided on this recipe for brown sugar granola.  We've been on a granola kick lately and this seemed like it would be perfect for fall!  Another reason I decided on granola, is because my little man ALWAYS wants a snack after school and I've been looking for more healthy alternatives to give him for the ride home.  What's better than granola?  Plus, he loves it.  It's a win win; it's healthy, tastes good and he enjoys it! 
This granola is packed full of flavor and the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors truly do remind me of all the goodness of fall.  Granola is perfect as a snack, but it's also great in cereal, on yogurt, applesauce, pearsauce, ice cream and so on.  There are so many things that you can do with granola, the options are endless, the only limit is your imagination!  I love homemade granola because you get to control the ingredients and customize it to your tastes; the options and add-ins are endless!

Brown Sugar Granola

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 + 2 Tbsp brown sugar  
3 Tbsp water
1/2 Tsp roasted Siagon cinnamon
2 Cups oats
3 Tbsp flax seeds
1 Cup pecans, roughly chopped
1 Cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Place butter, brown sugar, and water in a small saucepan over low-medium heat.  Stir to dissolve sugar, once sugar has dissolved allow mixture to simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Once the mixture has simmered remove from heat.

Meanwhile, place oats, flax seeds, and pecans in a bowl and stir to combine.  Add the cinnamon and stir.  Once the brown sugar and butter have simmered, pour over the oats and stir to coat completely. 

Transfer granola to prepared baking sheet and spread evenly.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven, stir and return to oven for 5 more minutes.  Turn oven off, remove granola and stir and return to oven.  Allow granola to sit in cooling oven for an additional 20-30 minutes and stir every 5-8 minutes, ensuring it doesn't get too brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Add raisins, stir and transfer to airtight containers.

Recipe source: adapted from Finding Joy inMy Kitchen

13 comments:

Karen S Booth said...

LOVELY photos and such a great blog! Visiting from Group D and love the recipe you picked! Karen

April Tuell said...

We love to snack on granola around my house to, and it's delicious on top of yogurt. I'll definitely be trying this version soon.

Gingered Whisk said...

Granola is an awesome snack in our house, and I love making it from scratch! This recipe looks really delicious!

SallyBR said...

Brown sugar and granola on a title is a done deal! Love them both... :-)

beautiful photos, nice choice for the SRC!

Emily said...

Granola is the best breakfast. I always use maple syrup to sweeten mine. I will have to try this one out.

Baking Addict said...

I recently started making my own granola. Love the sound of this brown sugar granola - will have to give it a go myself. Great SRC pick :)

Baking Addict said...

I recently started making my own granola. Love the sound of this brown sugar granola - will have to give it a go myself. Great SRC pick :)

Baking Addict said...

I recently started making my own granola. Love the sound of this brown sugar granola - will have to give it a go myself. Great SRC pick :)

withoutadornment said...

This granola looks fabulous! I haven't made granola in a while - perhaps it's time to remedy that with a recipe like this :)

Avril said...

Granola is just the BEST! Your granola came out wonderful looking!!! GREAT job! :-)

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies said...

We've been on a granola kick too...this looks great! Great SRC pick!

Kitchen Ninja said...

YUM! Homemade granola. Nice choice for SRC.

justbakedbyme said...

I love granola and I don't know why I never think to make it. This might just be the recipe to change that. :D

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