Apple Cinnamon Crunch

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: February 20, 2017
Yield: 2 quarts
Time needed: 30 minutes

I like this granola. There are few ingredients, it is quick cooking, and it tastes great. Dried apples make an interesting variation on raisins.

Apple Cinnamon Crunch

Apple Cinnamon Crunch

Apple Cinnamon Crunch
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut
1 cup nuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup sesame seed
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 oz. finely cut dried apples.

Pre-heat oven to 350oF.

In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, coconut, nuts, sesame seed, salt and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl combine the honey, vegetable oil & vanilla.
Add to the rolled oats mixture and mix thoroughly.
Spread on two large baking sheets.
Bake 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the granola has somewhat cooled, add dried apples.
Store in a tightly-covered container in refrigerator.

Koinonia Granola

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: Dec 26, 2016
Yield: 5 quarts
Time needed: 45 minutes

This recipe was developed at the famed Koinonia farm in Americus, Georgia after which it is named. Koinonia was founded as an intentional Christian community by Clarence Jordan in 1942, the year I was born. It is best-known today as the founder of Habitat for Humanity.

I have been unable to find grape nuts in stores recently and fear this breakfast cereal is no longer commercially available. I do have a recipe for making them at home, but on this occasion I simply left them out.

Koinonia Granola

Koinonia Granola

Koinonia Granola
1/2 cup oil
1/2 lb. margarine
2 Tbsp. molasses
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey
1/2 tsp. salt

2 lbs. rolled oats
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups grape nuts
1 cup wheat germ
1 lb. coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 350oF.

Combine the first list of ingredients in a large roasting pan.
Heat gently , stirring occasionally, until margarine has melted.

Let cool slightly while combining the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add dry ingredients to cooled syrup and mix thoroughly.
Spread onto shallow baking pans.
Bake 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes.
Let cool.
Add 1 cup raisins.

Soybean Granola

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: September 25, 2016
Yield: 2 quarts
Time needed: 30 minutes or less.

This is an easy recipe to prepare. Despite the relatively low oven heat, it takes only 15 minutes in the oven. But like most granolas, it still bears close watching. Stir about every 5 minutes to avoid uneven browning.

You might like to try cooking and roasting your own soybeans. It is not hard to do, but it is time-consuming. I used a soybean snack purchased at the Indian supermarket.

Soybean Granola

Soybean Granola

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Mostly Oats Granola

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: December 29, 2012
Yield: 11 cups (2.7 L)
Time needed: 30 minutes

Now this is my kind of granola.  I love the emphasis on the rolled oats and the suggestion of adding dried cranberries.  Actually, I tried dried saskatoons.  They are very good, too.

 

Mostly Oats Granola

Mostly Oats Granola

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Rice Cream and Sesame Cereal

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: March 3, 2013
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 15 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Roast ¾ cup brown rice in a dry skillet, stirring until browned (3-5 minutes). Grind in a blender or food processor until fine.  Roast again 1-2 minutes in a dry skillet.  Store cooled powder in a tightly covered container.

This is another smooth cream-style porridge.  Be careful how long you leave it simmering.  It thickens very quickly.  As with most cereals of this type, I find it best to mix the powder with cold liquid first and add it to the simmering milk as a paste.  This prevents lumping.

Rice Cream and Sesame Cereal garnished with fresh strawberries

Rice Cream and Sesame Cereal garnished with fresh strawberries

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Hot Spice Apple Oatmeal

Source: May All Be Fed:Diet for a New World
Date tried: November 9, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10-15 minutes

You may have guessed by now that I love hot oatmeal, as long as it is made with old-fashioned rolled oats. It’s a great way to start the day. You can have it plain or fancy according to taste, mood, and what’s on hand. This vegan version calls for dried apple slices and apple juice as part of the liquid.

Hot Apple Spice Oatmeal

Hot Apple Spice Oatmeal

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Easy Crunchy Granola

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: March 10, 2012
Yield: 12 cups
Time needed: approximately 30 minutes

This lives up to its name. A nice granola and easy to make. I like the generous amount of coconut in this one. The only drawback with granola is that it needs frequent attention to prevent burning. So choose a time to make it where you will not be interrupted by other chores.

Easy Crunchy Granola

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