Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Simple Homemade Granola

I love granola. It's so easy to make and so good! I haven't purchased cereal from the store in at least a year, maybe longer. It just costs too much and I feel like I don't have any control over what's in it (especially the sugar!). Usually, I make a quick batch on Sunday evenings so we have some ready for the week. And because it's such a flexible recipe, I can change it up a bit for variety.


This version isn't a soaked recipe, so if you're a Nourishing Traditions purist, look the other way! Maybe I'll learn how to do that step later. For all the rest of you who are interested, you can mess with these ingredients as much as you like, so long as you keep the dry and wet ingredient ratios the same. 


Here are some ideas for add-ins that you can choose from: 
• any kind of nut that you enjoy
• seeds such as sunflower, sesame, and flax (add flax after baking)
• coconut, wheat germ, wheat bran
• dried fruits (add after baking)
• olive oil, coconut oil, butter (I've not actually added butter myself)
• maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract


Today, I'm posting a very simple basic recipe so you can start from here...


Simple Homemade Granola


6 cups rolled oats (not quick cook variety)
1 1/2 - 2 cups chopped walnuts (or any nut you like!)
1 cup shredded coconut (I don't like fresh, but toasted it's great)
1 - 2 tsp. ground cinnamon


Combine in a large bowl...




1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or you can use coconut oil)
1/2 - 3/4 cup raw honey (adjust to your own taste preferences)
*Note: the more honey you add the stickier the cereal will be and the more 'clumps' you'll have.


Combine in a small pot and heat gently until bubbles begin to form on sides...




Pour warm olive oil and honey over dry ingredients, tossing until well combined...




Spread evenly on two jelly roll pans... 




Bake at 300 degrees for about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. I have a convection oven that reduces the heat automatically by 25 degrees and allows me to cook two on top of each other rather than side by side...






Remove and cool. At this point you can add raisins, dried cranberries, or ground flax seed (although I find that flax seed settles to the bottom and is best added to each bowl individually)...




Store extras in a half gallon mason jar (it won't all fit, so you'll just have to eat some right away!) or 2-3 quart size jars...




Mmmmm! Enjoy!





15 comments:

  1. Mmm...love granola! I have been making Michelle's (She Looketh Well blog) soaked oatmeal bars (the recipe is on her sidebar) and then with the leftovers, you just crumble them up and keep them in a low oven till they are dried and crunchy. So you're really getting some wonderful warm soaked oatmeal bars right straight, then yummy, fragrant granola as a bonus! Really very simple and delicious.

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  2. I use a very similar recipe, adding sunflower seeds and substituting *real* maple syrup for the honey. It is SO good.

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  3. I've always wanted to try this. Thanks for the recipe - looks very doable and YUMMY :) -Tammy

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  4. Soaked granola is actually very easy to do (it just requires a little more prep time.) My friend Cindy has the recipe on her blog: http://astepofhealth.blogspot.com/2010/02/house-around-corner-soaked-granola.html
    It is the same recipe that can be found in the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat.

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  5. Love this recipe, and am going to try it.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings to you and yours.

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  6. MHQ - thanks for the link! Perhaps i can adapt my own recipe!

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  7. Sounds so delicious! I made a lowfat granola recipe...and well, it just lacked something....like taste! I'll give this one a try. Another great post!

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  8. Let me know how you like it, Jayme, Tammy, and Bluebell.

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  9. I made this for breakfast this morning. Mixed in some mixed dried fruit... oranges, bananas, cranberries, raisins, and the like. My husband says we'll never buy cereal again. Thanks for the super yummy recipe!!!

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  10. Amy, It IS expensive! My husband bought some on sale a while ago so I could add it to my yogourt for a snack at work but we've run out! I think I'll have to give this a try, thanks!!

    Be well ~Andrea~

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  11. Becky - I'm so glad to hear that you liked the granola! I hadn't tried dried mixed fruit. That's a fabulous idea!

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  12. I made this, and could not believe how good it was. I couldn't decide which add-ins I wanted, so I just put a little bit of everything in. Yummy!

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  13. Amy,
    I've been making homemade granola for almost a year now. I recently moved to the midwest and the cereal prices are crazy high. I don't get to shop at Trader Joe's like I did in California.
    Anyway, the coconut oil is the best...my daughter is allergic to a lot of typical foods so I am learning to cook and bake outside the traditional box. You can find some of my recipes on my blog. My most recent is Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies.
    I'm so excited to have found your blog. Did I say that before?

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  14. This is pretty yummy stuff! My husband is after me to make another batch. I put dried dates in the first batch which he didnt care for too much. He wants me to just leave out dried fruit this next time. Have to experiment with other add-ins. :) We really like it on top of yogurt! YUMMY! I like it as cereal too. Might have to do a double batch this next time.

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