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Fruit and Spice Granola

Yogurt, fruit and granola is one of my go-to combinations when I’m just not sure what I want to eat. Fruit and dairy products almost never go wrong with me, and a good granola provides a satisfying complementary crunch and spice. Whole milk yogurt in particular is delicious and gives me the energy I need to keep going when I don’t have a lot of time to figure out a more elaborate meal. Store-bought granolas frequently have things like coconut or almonds that I don’t like, and of course are not cheap. So this summer I experimented with this recipe a bit. You need an hour or so to make it, but then afterward you have plenty of delicious granola to use on the fly.

You can find the original recipe on epicurious, here is my modification.

Ingredients

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup pecans
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup honey
2 cups mixed dried fruits (I tend to use raisins and cranberries)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl stir together oats, nuts, and spices. In a small saucepan melt butter with honey over low heat, stirring occasionally. Pour butter mixture over oat mixture and toss to combine well.

Spread granola evenly in 2 shallow baking pans and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, stirring frequently and switching position of pans halfway through baking, until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Watch carefully during the second half of baking, to prevent burning. Add dried fruit to granola and mix. Leaving the mixture to cool without stirring will produce chunky granola, stirring as it cools will make the chunks much smaller.

Notes

I changed the oven temperature to 325 because the granola was burning at 350. The extra honey makes the finished granola form more chunks, as does leaving it to cool without stirring. You can of course adjust all the proportions to taste, add back the coconut if that’s your thing, and use whichever nuts or fruits you like. That’s the beauty of a recipe like this. I found the base recipe that seemed most appealing, and then adjusted it for my own taste.

If your bank account is up to it (mine, sadly, is not at the moment) I particularly recommend a good Greek yogurt with the fruit and granola. Greek yogurt is amazing.

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