Weird Recipe Wednesday: Because some recipes are so weird I just HAVE to try them. My curiosity always gets the better of me.
Yeah, I know, I've been putting balsamic vinegar in a lot of stuff lately. And by stuff I mean food. Fruit, vegetables, ketchup, salad, grilled carrots and sweet potatoes, pizza, and now granola. But it's Weird Recipe Wednesday, so it's okay. Right?
Granola with balsamic vinegar isn't quite weird enough for me so I added some TVP, Textured Vegetable Protein. Let me explain. My friend Emma just finished an internship with The Soyfoods Council. Her job was to develop creative recipes featuring TVP. I had heard of TVP, but never actually used it. After seeing all the great recipes Emma developed I was inspired to try it out for myself. TVP is made from defatted soy flour; making it low-fat and high in protein. It is typically re-hydrated and used as a meat substitute.
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This granola is light, crispy and crunchy. A predominant honey flavor is nicely complimented by a tang from the balsamic vinegar. It is mostly individual grains and very few clumps. If you like clusters in your granola I would suggest adding some ground flax seed or toasted wheat germ as a binder. This would also help the TVP stick to the oats. If you don't have TVP you could add more oats or crisp rice cereal. Keep in mind you may also need to adjust the liquid ratio if you do either of these things. I'm definitely enjoying this balsamic vinegar trend. I'm sure Emma's recipes will win me over on TVP too.
inspired by Emma and Simply Scratch
1-1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup dry TVP
1/8 tsp salt (I actually made it with 1/4 tsp, but thought it was too salty.)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
* Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.
* In a large bowl, combine oats, crisp rice cereal, TVP and salt. Set aside.
* In a small saucepan, combine honey and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue cooking and stirring until mixture is reduced by half. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
* Pour over oat mixture and stir until evenly coated. Spread onto prepared baking sheet.
* Bake 30 minutes or until mixture begins to crisp, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in airtight container.
Food for Thought: "Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off." Proverbs 24:13-14