Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nigella's Chocolate and Peanut Granola

I have a hard time getting Peter to eat breakfast during the week.  He doesn't take the time to eat breakfast before he goes to work, so it is up to me to find easy things he can eat at his desk.  Else, he would skip breakfast altogether.

This easy granola recipe from Nigella Lawson (whom I have recently fallen in love with), fits the bill completely.  It is easy to make and easy to transport and snack on at a desk.

I have changed it up a little, since we don't like sesame seeds and I didn't have ground ginger.

To make the granola, you will need:

Dry Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups rolled oats, not instant**
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups unsalted peanuts
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:
3/4 cup applesauce, sweetened or unsweetened
1/3 cup brown rice syrup (or maple syrup)**
1/4 cup clover honey (or agave nectar)
2 tablespoons canola oil

Now for the work:


Preheat oven to 300 degrees Farenheit.

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then add the wet ingredients.  Make sure you stir it well so that everything is coated evenly.

Pour the mixture into a large baking pan or sheet, spreading evenly.  Bake for about an hour, or until it is crisp.  Be sure to stir half-way through.

Cool for about an hour or so, then break up into medium-sized chunks and store in an air-tight container.  She says it will last for about a week.

Whew!  That was a lot of work, wasn't it?

Feel free to experiment with other added ingredients such as dries fruits.

** To make gluten-free, I used gluten-free rolled oats and gluten-free brown rice syrup.


ladyfi said...

I'm drooling!

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