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….
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.
Let’s get nutty!
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.]
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.
Mine were waiting in the kitchen sink.
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!
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).