It’s back to the university for my son. His schedule is so tight, that for lunch he gets to walk from one building to another one while eating. He has to do that in under 10 minutes.
He drinks this granola for lunch. It’s portable, it’s gluten free, it has calories, it has fiber, and some protein.
This only makes 2 man-servings. If you want more servings, then double it or triple it.
Turn oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit [275 F. or lower is more common for granola, but I’m usually in a hurry when I make this]
This takes 40-60 minutes, closer to 40 than 60.
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oats [regular 5-minute oats is fine for most people]
- [about] 1/2 cup pecans
- [about] 1/2 cup walnuts
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
–combine those ingredients–
–then add the liquid ingredients–
- 3 tablespoons pancake syrup [this adds flavor, I use the no high-fructose kind]
- 1/8 cup oil
–stir it all together very well until all the parts are introduced to each other–
Pour it into an oven proof pan. It can be a big frying pan or a large baking pan, 9×13 or larger. The pan must have sides so don’t use a cookie sheet.
Place it in the oven
After 15 minutes, take it out and stir it. Place it back into the oven
After 10 minutes, take it out and stir it. Place it back into the oven
After 10 minutes, take it out and stir it. Place it back into the oven – unless the oats are a golden color.
If it is back into the oven, then reduce the heat to 250.
After 10 minutes, take it out and stir it. Place it back into the oven – unless the oats are a golden color. Actually, by now it “should” be done.
Don’t let the nuts burn!
- Add 1/2 cup raisins.
Stir and do not stop stirring until you place the granola into a container.
It is “candied” which means some of it will stick to your pan as it cools. So stir, stir stir, [scrape] and then place it into containers.
Because they are portable and they work, I use plastic containers with tight fitting lids. If he drops it at college, it won’t break like glass would.
I don’t have a picture because both man-servings were eaten today. =\
I became curious about the nutritional value and I went to http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php to see what I could learn.
Here is the resulting screen shot- or shots, I went back and factored in carrots. I should probably give him a raw carrot too.