Fun With Granola
|May 20, 2009||Posted by Lauren Keating under Desserts, Reviews|
I love the concept of Mix My Granola – picking out all sorts of fun stuff to include in my mix was a blast, and there were a lot of options that aren’t particularly cheap or easy to find. My mix included muesli, dried blackberries, gogi berries, hazelnuts, and chocolate covered espresso beans. Delish! It clocked in at 220 calories per serving, but a serving is A LOT. I weighed it out and it was 1/3 cup…. much more than I would ever eat in one sitting. I’ve been using about 1/4 serving in some greek yogurt for breakfasts.
Now, I know you’ve probably read a million reviews of this already so I’m not going to bore you with that. No, we’re gonna make stuff!
First up: granola! I ate all of this before I got a picture. Oops! Now I know what you’re thinking: why would I choose muesli if i was just going to turn around and make granola out of it? Because with muesli, I have options – that’s why! I love it uncooked and soaked in yogurt, but sometimes I want the crunch of granola. To make granola, measure out a serving of your meusli. Remove anything chocolate and set it aside. You can add it back in later, but you don’t want it to melt in the oven. Using your hands, combine with honey at a ratio of about 2 Tbs per 1/3 cup muesli. You can also throw in some cinnamon if you want. Work it through with your hands, leaving some biggish chunks. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool, break up large pieces as necessary, and store in a zip top bag.
When you get tired of muesli and granola, this also makes great cookies! Because of all the mix-ins, every bite tastes different. I thought the gogi berries were really outstanding this way.
Mixed Up Oatmeal Cookies
- 1.5 sticks buutter, softened
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 3/4 c flour
- 2 c mix my granola with meusli base
- 1/4 c dark chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Add in eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, stirring to combine well. Fold in granola and chocolate chips (if using). Drop onto a cookie sheet by the rounded teaspoonful. Bake 10 minutes, or until edges are golden. Cool on a rack.
This dough can also be frozen for easy slice and bake cookies any time you want them! Just increase your baking time by about 3 minutes.