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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Good Addiction

It seems strange that I am writing about a breakfast dish considering my irregularity of morning eating. But lately I have been eating a small breakfast as long as that consists of whole milk somewhere. When I was growing up my mom would whip up huge batches of peanut butter granola that I  would eat more consistently than anything. The crunchy peanuts and oats and sunflower seeds made a perfect breakfast. If you are waiting for a peanut butter granola recipe please don't start scratching your head, but if you are looking for a simple and equally addictive granola recipe to my mom's you have come to the right place.

I have only made granola a couple times but the other morning I ran out of breakfasty foods and started contemplating and when that happens sometimes wild things occur. Well, maybe this recipe is not that off the wall, but it is something that can be produced year round thanks to the dried goods and makes one heck of a perfect breakfast food and snack with loads of protein and chocolaty goodness. Well, not chocolate exactly, but the crunchy bittersweet goodness of cocoa nibs. Oh, and did I mention the dried figs and currants that pack a syrupy sweetness, and pumpkin seeds and oats for a nutty kick of protein. Even if you aren't a full time breakfast eater like myself, this stuff is aptly addictive.

Addictive Granola

1 1/4 C old fashioned oats
2/3 C green shelled pumpkin seeds
4 T amber honey
1/4 C packed dark brown sugar
1/2 C dried black mission figs, cut in 1/4 inch dice
1/2 C currants
1/3 C cocoa nibs
3 T canola oil
salt to taste

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix honey, sugar, oats, oil, and seeds together well in a bowl and spread thinly on a non-stick baking sheet. Sprinkle some sea salt on top and bake for ten minutes and stir. Turn the pan and bake for ten more minutes. The granola should be crisp and browned. Bake a minute or so more if not as crisp as desired. When the mixture has cooled combine with the currants, cocoa nibs, and figs. Enjoy with whole milk, Greek yogurt, or by the handful. 

I guess it would keep for about a week if it ever lasted that long... 


Tracy said...

Peanut butter granola? Gives me chills just thinking about how wonderful it would be. Your Addictive Granola looks VERY good, though.

Ana Powell said...

Homemade granola, awesome idea.
Yummy, yummy ♥

Drick said...

... if it lasted that long, funny... I don't think it would - love the figs in this, ultra sweetness... missed the cocoa nibs bits

Magic of Spice said...

Great idea for breakfast...and very delightful ingredients :)

Sophie said...

A lovely yet easy granola!!


Anonymous said...

You sure know how to jazz-up granola! I love the dried figs. I don't think your granola would last more than a day in my house.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow looks great love the figs in here, thanks so much for visiting my blog love yours will follow Rebecca

El said...

This looks really, really good. Love the photos!

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks delicious and good for a breakfast!

shaz said...

I'm definitely a little bit of a breakfast skipper, but this fruit, chocolatey mix could be just the kickstart I need in the mornings. Peanut butter granola sounds pretty good too!

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