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Basic Baked Granola

Updated on October 5, 2013

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This recipe I originally spotted in the Forks over Knives cook book. Excited about how easy and healthy this recipe sounded I tried it within days. To my dismay using the blender to puree the original fruit mixture of only dates turned into a flop of an experience. Thick and gooey it refused to process in the blender. You really need a food processor to create this mixture into a smooth dance around the processing blade.

I experimented with the recipe adding the segments of two oranges instead of just the zest of oranges. Still not satisfied and with more experimentation I decided to add apricots into the date mixture with the preparation of the next batch. End result, yummy!!!

Experience the goodness of this mixture for breakfast, a snack by the handful, or as a topping on ice cream or a fruit pie. Try adding nuts, bits of fruit or chocolate to the basic mixture to tickle your taste buds further into wanting more and more!!!

Delicious to the Last Bite!

Crunchy, Coated, Oats!!
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Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 35 min
Yields: 32 1/2 cups servings

Ingredients

  • 16 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 7oz package Dried Apricots, Whole
  • 2 8oz packages Dates, Whoe
  • Zest of two large oranges
  • 2 Large Oranges. Segmented and pitted, I remove some of the membranes
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt, Soothes any bitterness from the dates or cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  1. In a medium sauce pan add 6 cups of water and the packages of dates, and package of apricots. Cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for 12 minutes, and drain fruit.
  2. Measure 16 cups of rolled oats into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Line 3 jelly roll pans with parchment paper.
  4. Preheat oven to 275 degrees
  5. In my food processor I add the drained fruit, orange segments and zest, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pulse until mixture is of a smooth consistency
  6. Mix the fruit mixture into the rolled oats. I fold and stir the mixture in the bowl until all the oats are well coated.
  7. Divide the mixture equally on to the 3 jelly roll pans.
  8. Bake 40-50 minutes stirring the mixture every ten minutes.
  9. Removed pans from oven and cool completely.
  10. Store the granola mixture in air tight container for up to 1 month.

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