Home made Granola

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Home made Granola

Production: 5 – 1 pint  Jars
Preparation: 20 Minutes
Cooking: 45 Minutes

What could be better than a bowl of granola to start the day? This popular blend of toasted cereals is a favorite on many tables and is also considered an excellent source of dietary energy. It is often served as is, with milk or yogurt, but it can also be used to add crunch to fruit salads or creamy desserts.

The granola is composed mainly of oatmeal and coconut flakes, a little honey or maple syrup, spices and finally a generous portion of dried fruit.

The preparation is quite simple and requires only little time to roast the cereals and prepare the syrup which will bind all ingredients together. The syrup can be sweetened with maple syrup, honey, corn syrup or brown sugar. The proportion of sugar is quite low (1 cup for 10 cups of granola) but it is sufficient to reduce the bitterness of the cereals and nuts.

The basic recipe is made of 3 parts oatmeal + 1 part coconut flakes + 2 parts nuts + 1 part of bran + 1 part of sugar + 3 parts of dried fruit. We add vanilla, spices and a little oil. After mixing all ingredients except the fruit. We baked, Then add the fruits to the hot mixture before allowing it to cool slowly.

We give you, below, the favorite recipe of JeBouffe. It is flavored with almond extract, nutmeg and the cinnamon. The sugar used is maple syrup and the nuts are almonds and pumpkin seeds that add a pleasant crunch.

With the exception of oatmeal and coconut all the ingredients can be replaced by products of the same family. For example:
Pecans for almonds and hazelnuts for pumpkin seeds.
Honey or corn syrup for maple syrup.
Ginger, five spice, mace, a little chili powder and star anise for the spices.

The choice of dried fruit can also vary infinitely according to your tastes. In our recipe we use blueberries, grapes, cranberries and pineapple cubes but pieces of plums, apricots, dried apples or bananas are excellent. (Make sure to cut the fruits into small pieces the size of a grape).
Home made Granola
Ingredients:
Oatmeal Flakes (Quick Cooking) – [3 cups]  (750 ml.)
Coconut Flakes  – [1 1/2 cup]  (375 ml.)
Weat Bran – [1/2 cup]  (125 ml.)
Oat bran  – [1/2 cup]  (125 ml.)
Slivered Almonds  – [1 cup]  (250 ml.)
Pumpkin Seeds   – [1 cup]  (250 ml.)
Salt – [1 teaspoon]  (5 ml.)
Maple syrup – [1 cup]  (250 ml.)
Canola Oil – [1/2 cup]  (125 ml.)
Vanilla (extract) – [1 teaspoon]  (5 ml.)
Almond (extract) – [2 teaspoons]  (10 ml.)
Ground Cinnamon  – [2 teaspoons]  (10 ml.)
Ground Nutmeg – [1 teaspoon]  (5 ml.)
Mixed dried fruit – [3 cups]  (750 ml.)
Espresso Coffee – [1 cup]  (250 ml.)

Steps:
1- Preheat the oven to 300 F (160 C).
2- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
3- In a large bowl, combine cereal, nuts, coconut flakes and salt. Set aside.
4- In a small saucepan combine maple syrup and oil. Bring to a gentle boil and remove from heat.
5- Add vanilla and almond extract,cinnamon and nutmeg to the hot syrup . Steep for 5 minutes.
6- Pour the syrup into the cereal and mix well.
7- Spread on plate and cook approx. 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
8- (When cooking the mix) in a large bowl, mix the dried fruits and espresso coffee.
9- Mix well and let stand for 15 minutes at the counter. Drain excess liquid through a fine strainer and keep only the fruits.
10- When the grains mix is cooked, place in a large bol and add the dried fruits to the hot cereal.
11-  Mix well and let cool down to room temperature.
12- Keep in tightly closed glass jars in a dry and dark place.