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Spent Grain Granola

My husband is a homebrewer. For every gallon of water you need to brew, you need on average about 2.5 lb of grain to brew a craft beer. This means grains account for 30% of the weight of the finished beer. That’s a lot of grains! It is up to 85% of the brewing waste. It’s also close to 50% of the cost of making beer. So, of course, you want to use it as best you can.

If you don't home brew , find friends that do and them to share their spent grain. Or check with a local brewery. Of course you can just substitute 1 1/2 cups more rolled oats in place of the grains too!

What You Need:

1 1/2 cups Dried Spent Grain

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup raw nuts, coarsely chopped (we used almonds, cashews and peanuts)

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup raw seeds, hulled (we used pumpkin and sunflower)

1/2 cup coconut oil

2/3 cup honey

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon all-spice

1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional)

1/4 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)

1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)

What You Do:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except for dried fruit, if using) and stir with a spatula until well mixed.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Spread the granola mixture evenly and bake for 45-50 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.

Let granola cool completely on a rack. Once cool, toss granola with dried fruit. Transfer to an airtight container and store for up to a month.


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