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Center for Digital Government: Home Cooking for the Holidays

Join Center for Digital Government Co-Executive Directors Teri Takai and Phil Bertolini as they gather (virtually) with CIOs to share their favorite holiday recipes.

by Center for Digital Government / December 18, 2020
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Vanilla Almond Granola

CDG+Executive+Director+Teri+Takai%27s+dog+Max+wears+reindeer+antlers+and+poses+with+vanilla+almond+granolaFrom: Teri Takai, Co-executive Director, Center for Digital Government 

This is a basic granola recipe, and you can vary the nuts and flavorings to your taste. See the note at the bottom if you’d like to add dried fruit. This is so easy and good that you won’t need to buy granola anymore. Use it on cereal, yogurt, fruit — whatever you like.

Makes 3 cups 

  • 2½ cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • ¾ cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Cover a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum or parchment paper.

2. Mix together the oats, almonds, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together the maple syrup, coconut oil, almond extract and vanilla.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and toss to coat.

4. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and bake until gold brown, 30 to 35 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.

Note: If you like dried fruit in granola, add it after the granola comes out of the oven or else it will get very hard. If you want to make the fruit softer, soak in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain and add.

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