GRANOLA

This granola is oil-free and uses dates as a sweetener instead of sugar or honey. It is delicious and nutritious. It was inspired by Cathy Fisher’s website, www.straightupfood.com. If you have looked for an oil-free granola, this is the recipe for you.  It is hard to stop eating it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of water
  • 6 oz. of pitted dates, rough chopped (12 Medjool dates)
  • 3 teas. vanilla
  • 2 teas. cinnamon
  • 1 teas. nutmeg
  • 1 teas. cardamom
  • 1-1/2 teas. fennel or anise seed
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (raisins, chopped apricots, chopped figs, singly or combined)
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts (pecans or almonds also work well)

METHOD

Put the first seven ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and heat to almost boiling. Remove from the microwave and set aside for 10-20 minutes so that the dates soften.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and line two baking pans with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, dried fruit and nuts in a large bowl.

Blend the dates, water and seasoning until smooth using a blender or food processor.

Pour the date mixture into the bowl with the oatmeal and mix everything thoroughly. Divide the mixture and spread each half onto a baking pan and put into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and turn over the granola. Return the pans to the oven for an additional 30 minutes until the granola is toasty brown. It will get crunchy as it cools.

This makes about 4-1/2 cups or nine servings of granola. Store in a clean, airtight container.

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