One of our not so favorites is Katie Brown. Not sure what it is, I just can't take much of her show.
That said, we attempted one of her recipes today and we liked it! Though, it might take a little tweaking.
I've been saying I want granola for awhile now. Not the kind that comes packaged, just good ole granola. I haven't found much that I really liked since studying in New Zealand where I lived on the stuff, and apples and chocolate.
So M announced to me this morning that Katie Brown might have come up with something we'd like.
We decided to brave the shopping centers to gather some ingredients at one of the nicer grocery stores and picked up cashews, peanuts, coconut, dried cranberries and flax seed since I decided right there in the store that we needed to add it to our diet.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil at low heat in a wide pan.
Add two cups of old fashioned rolled oats and toast lightly. (We think we'll toast them longer next time, we had them in for maybe 7-8 minutes.)
Add six tablespoons of butter, a third cup brown sugar and about two tablespoons of honey (or however much you want really). We use honey from our favorite bee keepers at Glacier County Honey. It's delicious!
When that starts to bubble, add in your nuts, fruit, coconut. Katie's recipe called for walnuts, pecans, dried cranberries and coconut, but we used cashews and peanuts. (We might also toast those lightly next time to get a more crunchy result. And we might melt the butter, sugar and honey at a higher heat next time to help with the crunch). Use a half cup of each nut, cranberries and a quarter cup of the dried coconut. Also add a tablespoon of ginger.
It seems like it would work with all kinds of different nuts, dried fruit and anything else you can think of. We'll keep experimenting and report back. I've also decided we should make our own granola bars now for hiking and kayaking and for me to take for snacks for 6:30 a.m. ice times.
Here's Katie's recipe, if you want to be precise and all.
Do you have a favorite snack recipe? Or find ways to use local ingredients. We love Glacier County Honey, what's your favorite local ingredient?