Everything but…

by Sarah on May 26, 2010 · 3 comments

If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you have (hopefully) realized that I am moving in less than three weeks…and in my efforts to clean out both my freezer and my pantry, I discovered a plethora of nuts and dried fruits….

…as well as a whole lot of oats….

and all of that could only mean one thing…


Since I was pretty much about to throw whatever the heck I could find into this batch of granola, it seemed only fitting to call it (Smart) Kitchen Sink Granola.

[I do know what the expression “everything but the kitchen sink” means…but wouldn’t it be even more awesome if, just once, someone actually threw in the sink, too? Or maybe just stirred everything together in it?]

I followed my basic granola recipe and method, altering it based on the ingredients I had on hand (AKA a whole lot of random).

First, I combined rolled and quick-cooking oats (I use them too because I like my granola a little bit chewy…) to make 5 cups of oats.

Score! I used up the rest… :)

Then I threw in the rest of my flax seed (1/4 cup), as well as both wheat and oat bran (1/4 cup of each). For some extra sweetness, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Stirred it up…then added some cinnamon….and stirred some more!

Let’s get nutty!

This is 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup slivered almonds (all that remained) and 1/4 cup sunflower seeds.
Since I had banana chips, in they went! (1/4 cup of them…chopped/crushed/broken by hand)

Combined all the dry ingredients….

Whipped up one egg white, 1/4 cup white grape juice, 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1/4 cup honey. Then added that to the mix and stirred really well to combine. [Add a bit more grape juice, water, or honey if you’d like, or it’s not combining well…but be patient.]

Then, you’ll want to find a good, dark colored pan. (I believe that metal pans make better granola…if I need to use a glass one, I line it with foil.)

I, thankfully, was now in posession of my mother’s special granola pan….which I found in this perilous situation:

Hey…no one said I had to be organized about packing. As long as I’m packing at all, we’re good.

Pour the granola mess into your pan, and bake at 375 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. You’ll smell it toasting and see it browning and you’ll just know it’s time. Take it out, stir it up, and return it to the oven for about 10-15 more minutes.

While it’s baking, get your dried fruits ready.

Mine were waiting in the kitchen sink.

Yes. Literally.

Lots and lots (about 1/2 cup) of goji berries [I had a ton, which I soaked in water for a bit and then drained (hence the colander) because I like them soft], and about 1/4 cup each of dried blueberries, orange flavored Craisins, golden raisins, and diced dried apples.

When you pull out your granola for the second time, add the dried fruit and stir it up!

Let it cool completely. It will crisp as it cools. [Although it is impossible to not sample a bit as it is cooling. Seriously, I dare you not to take a pinch.]

So beautiful! And so sunshine-y tasting. It really does taste like sunshine. I think it might be the orange flavored craisins….but it is delicious. :)

(Smart) Kitchen Sink Granola

4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup wheat bran

2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped or slivered almonds
1/4 cup broken/crushed banana chips

1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup white grape juice
1/4 cup water
1 egg white

1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup goji berries
1/4 cup orange flavored cranberries
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup diced dried apples

1. Mix dry ingredients (oats through cinnamon) together in a large bowl.
2. Add nuts and banana chips; stir well.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together “wet” ingredients (vanilla through egg white).
4. Pour “wet” ingredients onto dry mixture. Stir well to coat and combine.
5. Put granola into a metal pan (or glass pan lined with foil).
6. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Remove pan from oven and stir granola. Return to oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
7. Stir in dried fruit.
8. Allow to cool and crisp (but you are permitted to eat some warm from the oven as well).

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loreejo May 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm

i made granola for the first time this past weekend loosely based on your chai granola recipe. i'm hooked, it's so easy and so much yummier and this recipe just shows it can be changed so easily!


Emily May 27, 2010 at 7:02 am

I rarely see a granola recipe that doesn't require any kind of oil…so I am psyched to try this!


Jess May 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

You know…you should really bring some to Aromas for your fellow foodies to sample 😉 JK…sorta! Can't wait for dinner next week!


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