Granola with Persimmons & Ginger

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Persimmon and Ginger Granola
Granola with Persimmons & Ginger 

My friend Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet made granola using some dried fuyu persimmons I sent her in a West Coast care package. Hopefully, she can send me back just a little heat as we going through a June Gloom time here in LA. We call ourselves "East Coast" Mary and "West Coast" Mary.

My dad's fuyu persimmons just say "Fall" to me as well as ginger and gingery foods. Having just watched  Kung Fu Panda 2, I was thinking about Yin & Yang. I decided to combine fall granola (filled with dried persimmon, crystallized ginger, dried cranberries and cinnamon & ground ginger spices) with summer fruits. Yin and Yang. Yum and Yum.

Persimmon and Ginger Granola
Darn, I love me granola. I made this with Maple Syrup that East Coast Mary sent me in an East Coast care package! My granola has 4 cups of oats and 1/2 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup oil. I've seen granolas with a lot more sweet stuff and oil but I wanted mine light. That's why you don't see the big clumps found in traditional granolas.

Persimmon and Ginger Granola
In less than an hour, you get a big bowl of granola. I made this pretty yogurt, fruit and granola parfait. Take that McDonald's. I also like to eat a bowl of granola with soy milk for breakfast...or when watching TV!

The combo of sweet fruit and the nice kick of ground ginger and crystallized ginger is my absolute favorite.

Persimmon and Ginger Granola
Granola. Make some today.

Recipe:
Printable recipe
Dried Fuyu Persimmon and Ginger Granola
4 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 c maple syrup
1/4 c vegetable or light olive oil

1 c nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts) (If these are toasted, you can add them after the oats are baked, or you can add untoasted nuts during the last 10-15 minutes of baking)

1/4 c dried fuyu persimmon (diced)...if your dad doesn't make these for you each year, you can sub any other dried fruit
1/4 c crystallized ginger, diced very small
1/2 c dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (I used 325 convection oven and 350 regular oven in the past...use what works for you). Line two sheet pans with foil for easy clean up. Lightly spray with Pam.
2. Mix together oats, spices and salt in bowl. Mix together the maple syrup and oil together in a measuring cup. Pour over oats and stir to coat.
3. Spread on prepared sheet pans.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Add nuts during last 15 minutes of cooking.
5. After oats and nut cool, add the dried fruit.
6. Store in an air-tight container. Eat with milk or yogurt.
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9 comments:

Ana Degenaar said... [Reply to comment]

That is making me so hungry!

chefpandita.com said... [Reply to comment]

I love kaki! Beautiful parfaits, I am baking with blueberries and cherries today [berries are not that easy to find here in the DR. Lots of tropical fruits but no berries. Boo!]

briarrose said... [Reply to comment]

Such a tasty granola. One of my favorite snacks.

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, I can't wait to make this granola when my mom sends me persimmons from her garden in the Fall! Persimmons aren't big here in Colorado so my mom sends me gorgeous Fuyu's from her tree in California! By the way, are your trifle bowls from Crate & Barrel? I just ordered six from C&B and this will be another great use for them!

Shannon Riley said... [Reply to comment]

Looks amazing! :D

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

@Liz Yes, that is the Crate & Barrel mini trifle bowl! :) Hope you enjoy yours! :)

Luv'n Spoonfuls said... [Reply to comment]

You and I are, apparently, granola sisters as I try to keep mine as 'lite' and healthy as possible too. Can't wait to try your recipe, and I have some blueberries and strawberries that are calling out to me...perfect! Thanks for another great recipe, not to mention beautiful photos.

PapaCheong's 拿手好菜 said... [Reply to comment]

Wonderful pics....everything looks so tasty.
Papacheong
http://home-cook-dishes-for-family.blogspot.com/

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

This granola looks like it would make for one splendid breakfast :)

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