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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Tangy Crunchy Granola

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I had a very ripe pear that I wanted to use up and didn’t want to just make something like a muffin or cake with it. I’ve seen a few recipes about homemade granola and have kept them as a recipe to try one day. So there! It would be a great way to use up all the cereal leftover bits that sink at the bottom of cereal packs.

With the pear reduced to a puree, mixed with orange juice, then thickened to a syrup, this made a nice tangy crunchy granola. It smelled so good while baking! I had it with some warm homemade soy custard on this cold frosty Wednesday morning.

Ingredients (3 – 4 servings)

½ cup orange juice (squeezed from 1 orange)
½ cup pear puree (from 1 pear)
1 tablespoon vegan margarine (you may leave this out for a low-fat version)
5 tablespoon soft brown sugar
10-12 pitted dates, chopped
¼ orange peel, finely chopped
1 cup cereal leftovers (optional, or just add 1 more cup rolled oats)
2 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon carob/chocolate chips (optional)

  • Mix the orange peel with 1 tablespoon sugar and a few drops of water. Leave this to marinade.
  • Pour orange juice and pear puree in a saucepan.
  • Add in remaining 4 tablespoons sugar and margarine.
  • Bring to a syrup.
  • Stir in dates.
  • Remove and allow to cool a little.
  • Preheat oven at 170 degrees Celsius.
  • In a big bowl, mix in cereal dust, rolled oats, desiccated coconut and carob chips.
  • Add in the syrup and mix well.
  • Make sure everything is well coated with this mixture. (I used my hand).
  • Lay on a greased baking tray. Sprinkle with the orange peel. (Lightly mix if you want).
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and scrape off.
  • Allow to cool before storing in an air-tight container.

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16 comments:

  1. you have a very pretty blog! nice pics and very attractive recipes!

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  2. WowWowWow! I'm exactly the same with overripe pears - I microwave them to a mush then bake with them, so this is a tempting and delicious-looking alternative!

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  3. Yum! The granola looks awesome.

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  4. Oh my gosh, that looks SO good & sounds delicious!

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  5. DARN IT! I just ate my last pear!! =( Good thing more are coming next week, I will try to make this ASAP!

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  6. Yum! I love granola, never made it though. This sounds amazing!

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  7. what a great way to use that pear, and leftover cereal bits - you're so creative, Lovlie! how awesome! your tangy crunchy granola sounds wonderful! it got me thinking about trying to make some of my own granola at home sometime. thanks!

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  8. I haven't work out the price for this but I think it seems relatively cheaper to make them at home! And easier than I thought!

    It could just go in with other things while the oven is on.

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  9. I'm so glad I found your blog, it's beautiful. And this granola looks so tasty!

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  10. The granola looks yum :-)

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  11. beautiful picture....
    i want some please :)

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  12. you know my problem with granola? I eat it as a snack, and because they're small pieces I overeat! And that is the one and only reason I won't be making your awesome looking granola ;-)

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  13. Only you could make granola look so gourmet! Your pictures are always so beautiful!

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  14. The flavor sounds fantastic, and I love how it makes those large clumps- My favorite sort of granola!

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  15. Holy Gamolie that looks extremely delicious!
    I love, love granola but am always struggling for new recipes, yours looks so creative and yummo I'm gonna have to give it a try~ thanks heaps!

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