Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homemade Granola

Once you try this recipe, you will be done buying granola from the store.  It is that good.  Really!  Even my kids who have always turned their noses up at granola LOVE it.  We can't keep enough of it made!  The nice thing about this recipe, is that it is a "skeleton" recipe.  You can add different grains, fruits, etc. You can also switch whatever nuts you prefer.   Use whatever you have on hand.  I will list some combo's at the end that seem to be really yummy.
Homemade Granola
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed (optional)
1 cup chopped or slivered almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/3 cup (heaping) packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 TB maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut and brown sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, oil, cinnamon and salt.  Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans.  Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color. 
  4. Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.  
  • My absolute favorite combo is omit the raisins and add chopped dates.  It is fabulous!  I DO add the flax.  You can also add wheat bran or other grains (sunflower seeds etc).  Use your creativity!  I have yet to make a batch that isn't heavenly.
  • You can substitute honey for the maple syrup for a different flavor. 
  • I use pure maple syrup, but the bottled stuff works too. I have even used the "lite" pancake syrup.  It was good, but not as good as the real stuff.
  • I have also added dried apricots, dried pineapple, and dried apples.
  • Try substituting cashews for the almonds, or mix and match all the nuts.
  • If you have any flavored packets of oatmeal that are close to expiring, use them!  This adds a whole new dimension of flavor as well (thanks for that tip, Lori!)
  • This granola is not super clumpy.  It is also wonderful added to yogurt.

Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients
Spread on sheets... Bake!
Finished Product!  SUPER YUMMY!

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  1. I really have got to get cooking again. The granola sounds wonderful - as is everything you make, sis. Now that we are boab (back on a budget), I need to start doing these things. Guess it's time to find places for everything still in boxes and get going. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Whats the best way to store this?

  3. Honestly, we keep ours in a gallon ziplok bag. We go through it really quickly. I would probably try to use it up within a couple of weeks if stored like that. You could also store it in a jar (using a food saver attachment) to get the air out to keep it a bit longer too. Enjoy!