03 December 2009

chocolate peanut granola

I love making homemade granola and when I came across this variation with chocolate and peanuts, I knew I had found a winner not just for Christmas, but any time of the year.  don't let the idea of making your own granola discourage you, it is really very simple.

4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup (4 oz) sunflower seeds
3/4 cup (4 oz) white sesame seeds
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup (6 oz) apple sauce
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup golden syrup
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 cups (8 oz) raw peanuts
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  1. preheat the oven to 300 F
  2. with your hands, mix together the oats, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and cocoa powder until the cocoa powder is evenly disbursed.  using two spatulas, mix in the remaining ingredients.
  3. spread the mixture out onto two rimmed baking sheets and bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour, turning over about halfway through the baking and re-distributing the granola.  the object is to get it evenly golden without toasting it too much in one place.
  4. once it is baked, allow it to cool and store in an air-tight container

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