Thursday, 11 August 2016

Sweet and Spicy Sesame Granola

I know that there are a Zillion recipes out there for granola but I wanted to make one that is not too sweet, and full of sesame flavor! This recipe uses a variety of nuts, seeds......and Tahini (sesame seed paste). It also has dark chocolate, dried sour Montmorency cherries, and dried cranberries. The spicy comes from a touch of cayenne pepper to liven things up.

1.         Mix together thoroughly
1/4 Cup Oil
1/4 Cup Honey
¼ cup molasses
3 tablespoons Tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 tablespoon brown sugar or Colombian Panela
½ tablespoon Uniodized salt
Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir and set aside

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together:       
6 Cups Regular Rolled Oats
 ½ Cup Sesame Seeds
1 Cup sliced Almonds
1 Cup shelled Pumpkin seeds
1 Cup coarse chopped walnuts
½ Cup shelled Sunflower Seeds
1 cup flax meal
            ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
            ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
            ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
            ¼ teaspoon allspice

3.Mix wet and dry ingredients together and spread evenly on 2 large cookie sheets lined with parchment paper
 4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
 5.Bake in middle of oven for 20 min. Lower oven temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 2- 2 ½ hours, watching carefully that the mixture does not burn. Intermittently use a spatula to turn the mixture to make sure the heat distributes well throughout. Alternatively, lift the edges of the parchment paper towards the center so that the mixture heaps up in the center. Then spread the mixture carefully on the sheets, using your hands. When done, the granola should be a nice rich brown color, and feel dry to touch.
 6.When completely cooled, add 1 1/2 cups of a mixture of dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, and dried sour (Montmorency)cherries.
 7. Keep in a covered, air-tight container

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