Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vanilla Walnut Granola

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Hello hello! Happy June everyone! I hope you are enjoying the weather and this time of year. Getting out and soaking up the sunshine and enjoying being outside!

Lately it seems every day I am off, the weather has been anything but enjoyable, so I've seen quite a bit of movies and gotten quite a bit of art projects started. However, recently I had off on a Saturday and was determined to enjoy it to the fullest! And that is exactly what I did.

Living at the shore is great and I could have easily enjoyed a beach day, but I have plenty of time for that. Instead I wanted to get out and enjoy nature and some beautiful scenery. So a hiking I went!

A few friends and I took a nice day trip to the Pocono's in Pennsylvania. It was an absolutely beautiful park filled with waterfalls and lots and lots of uphill climbing/hiking. It was such a great day!
My friend Morgan & I at the top!
Anyways, before we headed out I thought we would need some good grub to keep us energized for the day. What goes great with hiking? Granola does!
Yes you can go with the typical trail mix but this has way more flavor and is easy to travel with.
Its nice and sweet but not too sweet and has a deep vanilla flavor which makes it hard to put down.
Granola is actually extremely simple to make and lasts for a while, so why not go ahead and make your own and leave out all the added preservatives and fake flavorings.

This recipe is nice and simple and can be adjusted to your liking. Don't like walnuts? Use almonds, cashews, or peanuts. Or don't use any. Its up to you. You can also add anything you normal enjoy in granola.
This recipe makes quite a bit, so throw it on yogurt, over milk, or just keep snacking on it :)!

Vanilla Walnut Granola
  • 4 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 c. canola oil
  • 1 c. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 300-degrees.
  2. Combine oats, walnuts, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  3. In a saucepan combine oil, honey, and vanilla and bring to a boil.
  4. Continue to boil for one minute then pour over oat mixture.
  5. Mix  well, until all ingredients are moistened.
  6. Spread mixture on a large cookie sheet (you may need two sheets). 
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring several times, flipping the granola.
  8. Remove from oven and cool for several minutes until the granola hardens slightly.
  9. Break up granola and store in large Ziploc bags or containers.
  10. Serve plain, with yogurt, or with milk.
  11. Enjoy!

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