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There is so much to love about granola. It’s infinitely versatile, economical, and boasts a nice, crunchy texture. It can be baked into bars, enjoyed by the handfuls or soaked in a splash of milk. If made refined sugar-free, it is a nutritious food and a great energy boost. As the new school year begins and we’re scrambling during the morning rush hour, it’s a relief to know that breakfast is covered with this power food. The kids will gobble up the delicious granola and we’ll feel good that we’re fueling them for a successful day. They’ll be getting their whole grains, healthy fats, and fruit serving — a tasty way to nourish their body and help them focus. Granola is a one-bowl affair that comes together almost effortlessly, so you can easily have a few batches stored away. Here are five ways you can whip up this power food for the whole family: Classic Granola, Orange Quinoa Granola, Halvah Pistachio Granola, Pumpkin Granola, Silan Granola. These recipes are just guidelines — feel free to play around with whatever nuts and seeds you have on hand. Granola is forgiving and will generally come out delicious any way. Just be warned: it is highly addictive; you may want to make a double batch!
• These recipes are not very sweet; you can adjust sweetness by increasing sweeteners.
• For a healthier alternative, use Sucanat or coconut sugar (which are unrefined) instead of brown sugar.
• If using nuts that have already been roasted, add them at the end to prevent them from burning during baking.
• If using salted nuts, omit the salt in the recipe.
• Make sure to use old-fashioned oats and not quick-cooking oats, since the texture is different.
• For gluten-free granola, make sure to use gluten-free oats.
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup chopped unroasted shelled pistachios
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup Gefen Honey
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with Gefen Parchment Paper.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, pistachios, sugar, and salt. Add the oil, honey, and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated.
Spread the granola in an even layer onto the prepared baking sheet and bake at 350° F for 40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Once the granola is golden brown in color, remove from the oven and stir in the apricots. Allow to cool completely, since it firms up as it cools.
Transfer to a bowl. Crumble the halvah over the granola and mix loosely by hand.
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