Sunday, June 20, 2010

Make Granola in the Microwave

It's easy to make Granola in the microwave. I came up with this recipe while raising my family years ago. It was tedious using the oven because of the long period of time it took to cook it in the oven, frequent stiring necessary, and tendency of overcooking.

Granola is a versatile, nutritious and high calorie food suitable for long periods of time. High in protein and fiber, served with milk or eaten by the handful, a little goes a long way. Eat it cold or hot, as a snack or main meal with ingredients chosen by you. Does it get any better?

Microwave Granola

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup canola oil

2 ts. cinnamon

1 ts. salt

9 cups uncooked oatmeal

2 c. shredded coconut

15 ounce box of raisins

**nuts, dried fruit, wheat germ-optional additions**

Measure the honey, oil, cinnamon and salt into a large microwaveable bowl. Put bowl in microwave for one minute. Stir well to mix.

Now add the oatmeal, and microwave that for 4 more minutes. Add the coconut and cook 3 1/2 minutes. Stir well, especially the bottom cereal.

Cook another 3 1/2 minutes, adding wheat germ or flax seed at this time if desired.

Cook another 3 minutes, stir. Now cook an additional minute. Each time you stir the granola be sure to bring the cereal from the bottom of the bowl to the top, rotating well. The hot spot is near the bottom and center, and will actually burn if not mixed with the stuff at the edges.

Total cooking time is 15 minutes, and the the closer to finish time the more frequently you stir it, each time incorporating some new ingredient of your choice. I save the raisins until the granola is fully cooked so they don't burn.

Finally, remove the bowl from microwave, add raisins and dried fruit. Allow to completely cool. Store in an air tight container.

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