Friday, October 31, 2014

Homemade Cereal

This recipe was garnered from a book I recently read (and reviewed),
Rural Renassaince.
They call it granola, I call it cereal.
All I know is that I will never buy cereal again.
It's so easy to make and tastes delicious!
Most store-bought cereals (even the healthier versions)
are too sweet for me.
This one contains absolutely ZERO sugar,
and the touch of honey makes it just sweet enough.
The ingredients are merely suggestions,
as any combination of your favorite nuts, seeds or dried fruit would fill the bill quite nicely.
So get creative and you'll be enjoying this yummy concoction too!

Inn Serendipity Granola
(Rural Renaissance)

6 C old-fashioned oats
1 C nuts, chopped
1/2 C coconut
1/2 C sesame seeds
2/3 C oil (coconut)
1/2 C honey
2 T water
1 1/2 t vanilla

In bowl, combine dry ingredients.  
In a saucepan over medium heat, add wet ingredients except for vanilla.  
Do not boil.  
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  
Remove warmed liquids and stir in vanilla.  
Pour over oat mixture and stir to coat.  
Transfer onto sheet pans lined with parchment.  
Spread evenly and baked 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Makes 6 C

I couldn't find unsweetened coconut, so I omitted it, but used coconut oil to get the same flavor.
We didn't have sesame seeds, so we substituted sunflower seeds and threw in some flax seeds as well.
Wouldn't toasted pumpkin seeds from your jack-o-lantern be divine!
Add whatever you like and savor the satisfaction of 
another homemade goody.

I love me some pecans!

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