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How to Make Campfire Granola

July 23, 2015 by

Today’s post by Sarah Walker Caron is the fourth in a series of posts about Sun-Maid raisins by our group of guest food bloggers.

 

This quick and easy recipe for Campfire Granola combines oats, walnuts, graham crackers and plump Sun-Maid Raisins with a honey-egg wash for a droolworthy homemade granola.

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Last year, my two children—Will is 9 and Paige is 7—and I moved from Connecticut to Maine. So much changed with our move. We went from a house to a townhouse. A sort-of rural town to a small city. A two parent household to a one parent household. And at the same time, I stepped away from my work-at-home career to take on a challenging full time job at a newspaper.

All of that meant that we had to find new habits, traditions and things to do. Among them? Choosing a new favorite farmers market.

As it turned out, farmers markets are plentiful in Maine, so we had many to choose from. Moreover, they are well-populated with farmers selling meat, cheese, veggies, fish and more.

And in the end, we found two farmers markets that we enjoyed—a Saturday one in a nearby college town that’s bigger but farther from home, and a Sunday one in our town that’s more intimate but still filled with all the makings of a week’s worth of dinners.

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At both of these farmers markets, we also discovered a nearby dairy that sells vanilla whole milk yogurt. It’s amazing—creamy and fragrant, but not particularly sweet. And I am in love with it, which says a lot because I am not the biggest yogurt fan.

But this? This is fabulous for breakfast—especially when it’s layered with fruit and granola like my Campfire Granola.

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Old fashioned oats are baked with walnuts, pieces of graham crackers and sweet, plump Sun-Maid Raisins, all with a sweet honey-egg wash that binds the pieces together and makes them irresistibly good. Making this is so quick and easy. It takes less than 30 minutes, and is the perfect for topping yogurt or ice cream, or just enjoying alone.

 

Campfire Granola
Makes: about 4 cups

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup crumbled graham crackers

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup Sun-Maid Raisins

1 egg white

3 tbsp honey

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil.
  2. On the baking sheet, pour the oats, graham crackers, walnuts and raisins. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg white to stiff peaks. Then, add the honey and beat until fully combined. Pour the mixture over the oats mixture and stir well to moisten as much of the oats mixture as possible. Spread out on the baking sheet, but do not press down.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir well and the spread the mixture back out, breaking up any large bits. Bake for an additional 6-8 minutes, until just starting to brown. Remove from the oven and cool.
  5. Store in an airtight container for 7-10 days.

 

Want to know more about what we’re whipping up with delicious ingredients from our local farmers market? Visit me at Sarah’s Cucina Bella, where I share food tips, recipes and more several times a week.

 

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Sarah Walker Caron is a food writer and recipe developer who pens the popular food blog Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She likes quick and easy recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor and is a sucker for anything with lobster in it. She’s also co-author of the cookbook Grains as Mains, and lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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SUZANNE NELSON, ScD, RDN
Suzanne Nelson

Dr. Nelson recently joined the staff of Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania as a nutrition and wellness advisor and sports nutritionist. Previously, she was the Director of Sports Performance Nutrition in the athletic department at the University of California, Berkeley. While in California, she was the team nutritionist for the San Francisco 49ers and provided nutrition consultation to the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. In addition, Dr. Nelson has advised elite amateur athletes at the national, world, and Olympic level. She is a nationally known speaker in sports nutrition and is the author/editor of several books and numerous scientific journal articles. Dr. Nelson is the Nutrition and Health Advisor for Sun-Maid.

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