Friday, April 13, 2012

Good Luck Coffee and Raisin Granola

<Good Luck Coffee and Raisin Granola> It certainly is the best part of waking up... the smell of coffee. ... the taste of the sweetness in your mouth. Some people don't eat breakfast because they are too busy. Here is a recipe that you can make at night. Then, you can savor it in the morning by heating it up. It is a recipe that is very nutritious and helps get the dendrites moving within the brain. Yesterday's blog was all about reusing those coffee grounds. Well, here is a perfect recipe for doing just that. If this all sounds great to you, you might want to try making Good Luck Coffee and Raisin Granola. This recipe could easily be doubled for an easy grab in the morning or you could keep it the way it is. It makes about 6-8 servings. 

Here's what you'll need:
  •  2 1/4 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cups cashews or almonds (optional, but it makes it more crunchy)
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (either brown or white)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1.  Mix the coffee grounds, oats, raisins, cashews or almonds, and white sugar together in a bowl (optional: set aside for another day to bake along with the refrigerated other part)
  2. Put the honey, cinnamon, cloves,water, and vanilla in a saucepan. 
  3. Bring it to a boil and pour over coffee ground mixture making sure that all of the ingredients are mixed together.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 
  5. While waiting for the oven to preheat, grease a large baking sheet. 
  6. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet and bake for about 40-45 minutes or 50 minutes if making a double batch.  It should be in the oven just until the mixture is golden brown. 
  7. Take the mixture out about every 8 minutes in order to stir it and break up the clumps. 
  8. Serve on top of plain yogurt. 
P.S. Some people cook the whole mixture. Then, they let it cool. After this they put it in an airtight container (in order to store it for those even quicker mornings). 

This is a great recipe! Enjoy it for all it's worth!

Good Luck Coffee and Raisin Granola

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