Archive for April 21st, 2011

I adapted the recipe from here:


However,  I made some changes:

1 lb old fashioned oats

3 cups coarsely chopped raw nuts and/or seeds (I used walnuts, pecans, pistachios, sunflower seeds)

2 teaspo0ons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 pinch of ground cloves

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup water

(I omitted the salt because my pistachios were salted.)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups dried fruit (I used dates, raisins, and cranberries)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.   In a food processor, grind half the oats to a fine powder.  (You are making oat flour needed for the recipe).   In a large bowl, combine the whole oats, ground oats, nuts, and spices.   In a saucepan, combine the sugar, honey, butter, and water.    Heat until the butter has melted and the mixture is bubbly.   Stir the mixture together until smooth, then stir in the salt and vanilla.  (again I left out the 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt).  Pour this mixture over the oat mixture.   Stirring well to cat.  It should be uniformly moist – stir in another tablespoon or two of water if it isn’t.  Let stand for about ten minutes.

Spread the mixture out on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, separating it into irregular clumps with your fingers, and allowing space between the clumps for the hot air to circulate.  Slide into themiddle of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the  top is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and stir, gently breaking the mixture up into  small-to-medium sized clumps.   Return to the oven and bake another 15 minutes or so before stirring again.  Repeat the bake and stir  until the mixture is a uniform golden brown and completely dry; this usually takes 1-1.5 hours  Cool completely, then stir in any dried fruit you want to use.

Store in a covered container at room temperature.  Serve with milk or plain yogurt and fresh fruit as desired.


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