Sunday, August 15, 2010
Sweet Melissa Sundays: Blueberry Almond Granola
I totally caved. I wasn't going to bake this week. I was feeling lazy and thinking about the many many ingredients in this recipe was more than my brain could handle. But my fellow SMS Bakers inspired me to look beyond the long list of ingredients. Every one's granola looked so great and it seems there is a lot of leeway with this recipe in terms of substitutions. So what that I didn't have rye flakes, powdered milk, sunflower seeds, pure maple syrup and the variety of dried fruits called for in Melissa Murphy's granola?
I did have oats, slivered almonds and pumpkin seeds for the dry ingredients. For the coating I used the sugar free imitation maple syrup in my fridge, honey and all the spices. In addition I added some vanilla extract and I had dried blueberries on hand (left over from the biscotti recipe several weeks back). Even though the long list of items seems overwhelming, this recipe is incredibly simple to put together. I will definitely make homemade granola again. So many options! Check out what other SMS bakers did this week here.
My granola turned out pretty good. I halved the recipe and ended up with a lot of granola! I cannot imagine making the full recipe. It turned out a little browner than I hoped and I would have had added another 1/2 cup of honey or some brown sugar to give it a slightly sweeter kiss. But I generally put granola on already sweetened yogurt, so it's probably just right for that.
Thanks to Wendy of Pink Stripes for hosting this week. Check out her site to get the recipe.
Thanks to Shandy and the other ladies for inspiring me to bake this week!