A month or so ago, my mom gifted me a giant bag of rolled oats.  I've been waiting for a reason to use them, since oatmeal really isn't my thing.  Well, yesterday it happened - I finally ran out of granola

I adapted this granola recipe from one by the ladies at the Hell's Backbone Grill (a women-owned, Buddhist, local and organic restaurant in Boulder, UT).  'Brown Betty' granola is hearty and subtly maple-flavored, with lots of almonds. 

And yes, I have had Ram Jam's "Oh Black Betty (bam-a-lam)" running through my head for the last few days.

You will need:
Dry mix
~ 8 c. rolled oats
~ 2 c. bran
~ 1/2 c. sesame seeds
~ 2 c. chopped/sliced almonds
~ 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
~ 1 c. flax seed, freshly ground (optional)

Wet mix
~ 1/2 tsp. RealSalt
~ 1/2 c. maple syrup -or- maple sugar
~ 1/2 c. coconut oil -or- olive oil
~ 1/4 c. honey
~ 1/2 c. agave nectar
~ 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
First, mix all the dry ingredients together (listed in the first column) in a giant bowl.  Seriously, this makes a lot of granola - as in over 12 cups of the crunchy goodness!  If you have a fear of  commitment, halve the recipe.
Next, pour the wet ingredients into a saucepan and combine well.  Keep the proportions the same as the recipe, but feel free to substitute - I used olive oil and maple sugar, and it turned out great.  Don't forget your salt!
Heat gently for about 5 minutes, or until thin and oh-so-pourable.
Pour the sauce gradually over your dry granola, mixing thoroughly until the granola is completely coated. 
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread the granola mixture in a thin layer on baking trays / cookie sheets.  If you made the full recipe, it could take up to 4 baking trays to hold it all.
Bake for 12 minutes, then remove trays and flip the granola with a spatula. 
Return trays to oven and bake for 5-10 more minutes, or longer, until it's golden brown and smells amazing.
Once the granola is done getting all golden and crispy, set out the trays and let them cool completely.
Store your granola in airtight containers and enjoy!  Look how much granola this made - I'm set!
This morning, I had a delicious breakfast of freshly homemade yogurt, a gifted banana, and some fantastic homemade granola!  So very satisfying.

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4/24/2012 12:47:46 am

Wow! Thanks a lot for sharing such post. I am thankful I learned the recipe

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If you have a fear of commitment, halve the recipe.

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5/9/2013 04:43:57 pm

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6/19/2013 09:36:45 pm

Thank you for introducing crunchy almond granola. The ingredients for this is simple and can be made within minutes. It is a nutritious food and everyone must try this. I will definitely try this. Keep sharing these kinds of useful recipe.

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