Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The World's Best Granola
A few years back, I got sick of paying 15,000 won for a box of dry, uninspired granola. So instead, I found a way of making my own, super delicious granola at home. Looking at the this recipe, I knew it would be outrageously expensive to make. Maple syrup, honey, almonds, pecans, walnuts, rolled oats, wheat germ, oat bran, vanilla extract, and dried cranberries...$$$. But, it's honestly worth it.
IT IS THE BEST GRANOLA THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.
Sadly, there is no wheat germ or oat bran to be had here in Korea. I've scoured the internet and harassed ajummas of all sizes at Bangsan Market. You can simply sub in rolled oats for the quantities of wheat germ and oat bran, or do what I do - call Mom and demand she ship you some.
I tweaked the original version of this recipe to make it less sweet. Sometimes, I toss some chocolate chips into the mix after the granola has cooled. The great thing about this recipe is that you can sub, add and leave out ingredients to your liking.
8 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup honey
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups raisins or sweetened dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with foil.
Combine the oats, wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl. Stir together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20-25 minutes. Cool, then stir in the raisins or cranberries before storing in an airtight container.
Enjoy over some yogurt, drown it in milk and eat like cereal, or just eat it out of the bag.
This makes about 2.5 quart bags.