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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bake up a Batch

Amy at i food is having a baking event. The deadline is March 31st and the only requirement is that you turn on the oven. There will be a roundup of some great recipes for us to check out. Y'all know we have been trying to cut back the calories~ so no carrot cake this time around. Instead, how bout some crunchy, nutty, granola? This is yummy enough to eat by itself, in a yogurt sunday, or on a salad.

Nutty Granola
1/4 cup sunflowers
1/4 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, or pistachios)
2 Tbs sesame seeds
2 Tbs flax seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
Pre heat oven to 350°
Combine the nuts, sesame seeds, and flax seeds in a pan and lightly toast to bring out the flavor. Cover raisins and cranberries with orange juice and set aside. In a large sauce pan, melt butter sugar and syrup over low heat. Combine until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Stir in nuts and raisins with juice. Next, stir in oats and mix until well blended. Spread out onto a sil pat or cookie sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes. When cooled, break into chunks and store in an airtight container. This adds a nutty crunch that you'll love. I sprinkled it on my yogurt with mandarin oranges. Not bad for healthy eatin'.

Y'all enjoy!


Lianne said...

Is it Granola Day and nobody told me? This is the 2nd yummy-sounding granola recipe I've seen posted today!

p.s. How did you do on Scaleback? I lost 16 lbs! My team lost a combined 58 lbs!

heidi said...

I gain weight just reading your blog. That's a compliment cause I've yet to see something that hasn't looked good. YUMMMM

I left you an award.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Lianne~ good for you on your scale back!! Bill has done much better than I have. (As much as it pains me to admit)
Heidi~ Don't you know there are no calories in blogdom? The problem is in my kitchen

Lisa said...

I'm sending this to my mom. She's been looking for a good granola recipe. Looks and sounds very yummy!

nikkicrumpet said...

You had me drooling until you said "healthy" then my whole fat body started to shudder lol. But maybe if I poor it on Ice cream it will counter balance the healthy thing and I'll be ok!

Pearl Maple said...

Yum, like this recipe and best of all making your own, you can add your own special favorite flavours.

Recently moved house and have more time to play in the kitchen so sure to be back to visit more of your tasty recipes.

Leigh of said...

OH, yum! Girl, I love me some granola. If you can beleive it, I had never tried it until about five years ago. My husband and I stayed a this charming little B&B on Amelia Island, the BAiley House, and the host made homemade granola as one of the breakfast dishes. IT was delishious and I have been hooked ever sense. always have me leaving craving something! YUM!

Half Baked said...

Great looking granola! Sounds really healthy too.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Looks yummy Sandi.

Everything I contributed to Foodie Friday this week, is loaded, I mean really loaded, with lots of calories!! Good thing we don't have it often.

Joyce said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi. I scrolled back and saw the photos of your trees and the photo with the bea is awesome! Granola looks delicious!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Lisa~ your mom will love this recipe!
Nicki~ the icecream will help to balance out the health in healthy. Or... you could eat the whole pan in one sitting.
Pearl~ I love your yummy looking cupcakes :-)
Leigh~ this is so simple you can make it for him.
Half Baked~ we are trying!
Pat~ oh man! you are killing me... I had to come take a peak.
Joyce~ glad you stopped in at the cafe. come back often!

kari and kijsa said...

Mmmmmm...we are in to the store! Granola is our fav!!

kari & kijsa

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

K&K~ pick up some diet coke while you are there.

The Whispering Poppies said...

Oh my that sounds yummy! I just love homemade granola - though I've never made it myself, I indulge on my sister-in-law's homemade granola! =) I think I may have to give this one a try ~ I do love it on yogurt! =)

justabeachkat said...

Yum - o!


girasoli said...

This sounds delicious. I made granola once. Not sure why I never made it again. Will have to copy this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

joan said...

Oh yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sandi what's scaleback? I lost 30 pounds on weight watchers three years ago but 10 has come back to haunt me. Never ending battle............I just like food too much. LOL

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Girasole~ This is so simple to throw together, give it a try.
Joan~ I know what you mean about those 10 pounds finding us again. Doggonit!!

I have just made my 4th batch of granola. This time with cashews. Everyone loves it!

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