Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jimi's Chewy Cinnamon Granola

This is Jimi's recipe he invented after lots of tweaking and trial/error. It is my favorite! I love the consistency - it really is chewy and stays chewy for days (if it lasts that long). It's also a good mix of healthy stuff and stuff that makes it delicious. Ok, it tips the scale toward dessert...but you can tweak it to be more "healthy" if you are a weirdo.

In a large bowl combine:
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 1/2 cups chopped almonds and walnuts (we like a lot, but you can put in how much/little you like)
1/2 cup ground flax seed

In a saucepan on the stove, stir together on medium heat until well mixed and smooth. DON'T BOIL:
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup honey
1 t vanilla
2 T cinnamon (lots!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 t salt

Pour sauce over oatmeal concoction in the large bowl. Mix really well using elbow grease.

Now here is the trick of the century:
Add 2 egg whites to mix. They don't need to be whipped, just ooze them over the large bowl of goodness and mix it all together. They help the granola bind together and adds to the chewy factor (we think).

Prepare a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Spread the mixture evenly, but don't break up the clusters too much.

Heat oven to 275, cook 20 mins, stir, then cook for another 15 mins.

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