Granola

This homemade granola, taken from Elaine Gottschall’s book, blows store bought granola out the water! After making this, you’ll probably never want to buy granola, again. Get ready! Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded (use natural coconut, cut it open into pieces, and shred it)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts — I used pecans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Now, here’s the fun part! These next few steps require very minimal effort. Simply melt the butter and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Then, remove it from heat and mix it in a bowl with the rest of your ingredients. Spread the mixture in a greased 8 inch baking pan.

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Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, you’ll want to let it cool enough for it to set, as it’ll be extremely soft and will fall apart if you try to cut it right then.

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Since this granola doesn’t contain any preservatives, you can’t exactly cut it into bars like the store bought kind. Instead, what I did was cut them into squares, pry them out (they are a little hard to take out once they harden with the honey and butter mixture) and sprinkle them on top of some homemade yogurt.

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I can’t even describe how amazing this granola tastes! Since I used pecans, the granola really tasted like melt-in-your-mouth pecan pie. The only downside to making this is that it’s so good, you really have to make sure you don’t eat too much.

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