Saturday, January 7, 2012

Brown Sugar Maple Granola (Includes Gluten Free Variation)

After trying a variety of granola recipes and making additions and omissions, we came up with the "Fuller Family Favorite Granola Recipe" This recipe makes easy and awesome granola, not that I'm biased. You can easily add additional ingredients like dried fruit, and nuts, as well as eliminate some of the items you don't like. I have even made a Gluten Free version of this for a friend using Gluten free oats. 

2 summers ago, I made 50 lbs of granola for a friend's sister's wedding. I love a challenge. Ha! I was mixing it with huge spoons in huge bins. I felt like I was making granola for giants or something. 

Fuller Favorite Granola

3 1/2 c oats (works better with regular oats not quick oats)
1/4 c wheat germ (optional)
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 c almonds (sliced, slivered, crushed, whatever)

*You can add other nuts or raisins/dried fruit instead if you want in 1/2 c and 1 cup portions. 

Mix the above ingredients together than add the ingredients below:
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c maple syrup (you can substitute honey but you might want to reduce brown sugar so its not too sweet unless that's how you like it!)
2-4 tbsp water (more or less if you want it more spread out or more clumpy)

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. 

Bake on a sheet pan at 250 degrees for 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Mix granola once or twice while baking. 

*To make a GLUTEN FREE version, use no wheat germ and gluten free oats that can be found at many organic/specialty store, whole foods, and Trader Joes. Also double check the other ingredients, but if you are using quality ingredients the rest should all be naturally gluten free. Note: Some gluten intolerant people still have difficulty with oats even gluten free ones. If you are making this version for someone who eats gluten free or has celiac disease check with them. 

Let cool and eat! Awesome on yogurt with fruit. Keep in a container or bag so it stays crunchy.

Get some cheap poly bags from the dollar store or craft store and give this granola as gifts!

1 comment:

Stacia said...

Ooo...can't wait until summer for this one with a bowel of fruit.