Recipe is my own (which means, as with all my recipes, the quantities are guidelines and not exact), but heavily influenced by the "Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook" and "Cheap & Easy: A cookbook for girls on the go" by Sandra Bark and Alexis Kanfer.
2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts
1/4 cup wheat germ (can also use ground flax seed)
one very ripe banana, mashed, or 1/3 cup apple juice
a couple tablespoons of brown sugar + equal amount water (and/or maple syrup. the real stuff)
a shake of dried ginger
a lot of shakes of cinnamon (i love cinnamon. adjust to your taste)
stir all the above ingredients together. everything should be moist, but not soaked. if it looks a little dry, add more apple juice or water, a tablespoon at a time. if it looks too wet, stir in more oats.
|Little Miss keeping an eye on the granola as it bakes|
spread in an even layer on a baking sheet (rimmed if you have it. I don't, but I wish I did.) and stick it in a 300-degree oven for 30-60 minutes. If you used the banana, definitely shoot for the longer end of that range. It's done when you can smell it throughout your whole house. yum.
|banana and walnuts and cinnamon ... oh my!|
let it cool on the sheet then transfer to an airtight container. at this time, stir in 1 1/3 cups of dried fruit. I like 1 cup dried apples, chopped and 1/3 cup dried cranberries. the granola will keep for a week on the counter, or according to Sandra and Alexis, you could keep it in the fridge, but I feel like it would get soggy. However, I haven't tried it, so if you do, and your granola retains the crunch, let me know!
to serve with a 6 ounce cup of yogurt, I find that 3/4 cup of prepared granola and an equal amount of fruit is a good ratio. but do what you like.
I would love to hear about your variations to this recipe! different dried fruit or spices? part of me wants to make this with chili powder instead of ginger for a more savory approach, but then would it go well with fruit?