Monday, December 13, 2010

Recipe: Homemade Soaked Granola

This is one of our FAVORITE recipes... but somehow it never got shared. ~ Until now!! :)

  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups yogurt (or kefir, or cultured buttermilk)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/3-3/4 cup maple syrup
    (I find it plenty sweet, using the lesser amount - flex as you desire!)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tsp cinnamon (we like 2 pumpkin pie spice - 2 cinnamon)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp almond extract
( if you don't like almond, or don't have it on hand... you can sub the almond with additional vanilla - use a combination of vanilla and maple flavoring - etc)

Additional ingredients (each, optional)...
  •   dried shredded coconut
  • raisins..
  • dried apples..
  • or any other dried fruit, for that matter! ;)
  • Nuts: sunflower seeds, chopped pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds, etc
  •  flax
(I almost always do flax and raisins and occasionally add chopped nuts if I have them.)

Mix oats with the butter, coconut oil, yogurt, honey & maple syrup in a large bowl. Mix so everything is completely combined. Cover with a towel and/or plate and allow to sit at cool room temperature for 12-24 hours.

After the soaking time, preheat the oven to 200° F (93° C).
A lower temp of 150° F is preferred per Sally Fallow & NT... but my oven doesn't go lower than 200°...  I believe my sister leaves hers on "warm" overnight to get the job done. :)
Add cinnamon [pumpkin pie spice], salt and vanilla. Mix well.
From here, the original author does not add anything else (ie: nuts, raisins, etc) until after it's been baked... but I have been known to throw it all in before baking - Either way works. :)

Spread mixture out over two parchment paper-lined cookie sheets (I have used wax paper, and it works just as well).
I like to kinda clump it together, as I spread it out... for a little bit bigger clumps.

Bake for 2-4 hours, until it is lightly toasted, and dry enough that it no longer sticks to the spoon.
Use your nose!  If it is smelling done, then you may have to adjust you cook time and temperature! ---- My oven is on the hotter side... so three hours is about perfect for the consistency we shoot for. :-)

Allow to cool in oven before removing to a container. Remember, it will get crisper at it cools.

[Mix in shredded coconut, raisins, sunflower seeds, fruit and nuts, as desired - if you didn't before.]

Store in an airtight container. ~ Serve with chilled milk, on top of yogurt, etc

Recipe modified from: PassionateHomemaking