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Freedom Tastes Like Granola

I am officially no longer defined by my secondary education!  Says me.  Only while driving home from school on Tuesday after graduation did I realise that I have the rest of my life ahead of me.  Yes, I realise there are a tonne of linguistic and logical pitfalls in that statement and I have my education to thank for recognising that.  Sigh.  Three clichés: the mind is a terrible thing to waste/too much education can be a bad thing/ too much work and too little play makes Q a dull cat.

 
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Train Wreck Granola
Like the great train crash at Crush, I ran three granola recipes together since I wanted to make granola and to use up some two-year-old candied ginger.  The ginger is as old as the length of time I’ve worked at my former student job; it’s been frozen more or less continuously since then.
 
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Works consulted: Erin McKenna, “Granola,” in Babycakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles (New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2011), 44-5.
Susan O’Brien, “Dried Cherry Granola” and “Oat and Ginger Granola,” in Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food: 125 Simple and Satisfying Recipes, from “Mac n’ Cheese” to Chocolate Cupcakes (Boston: Da Capo Press, 2012), 37, 41.
 
3 1/2 cup GF oats (I used quick-cooking since that’s what was around)
2 cups GF puffed brown rice cereal (preferably unsweetened and as unadulterated as possible)
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cherries (sour or sweet is your preference)
3/4 cup candied ginger, chopped
3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
 
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup almond butter (may want to melt it first if it’s not liquid enough to mix)
 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a baking sheet (with sides) with parchment.
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.  Pour the wet ingredients over the top and stir ’til everything is evenly coated.  Transfer to the baking sheet and spread out.  Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and then bake for another 5-15 minutes or until browned (total 20-30 minutes baking time).  Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet on a rack.  Pack in an airtight container when completely cool.
 
 
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I baked mine for 30 minutes at 350 and risked some burning on the edges.  Yeah, toast!  If you don’t like super-chewy fruit or vapouraisins, add the dried fruit and candied ginger after baking the grain and nuts.  Granola must refer to roasting grain, no?

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