Toasty Homemade Granola

June 27, 2009

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Crunchy, lightly sweet granola can be found prominently displayed in supermarket cereal aisles for about $3.99 to $5.99 a bag. The cheaper variety contains high fructose corn syrup and the more expensive variety is … well, more expensive! However, I’ve discovered that granola is very easy to make yourself at home.

Associated with hippies and health food stores, granola is a great food for anyone and goes well with yogurt and berries to make a parfait, with milk (cow’s milk, soy, almond, etc.) for a breakfast cereal or even on ice cream. Granola is also great to carry for a mid-morning or afternoon snack. 

The base ingredients for granola are rolled-oats and honey or maple syrup, usually nuts and some type or a combination of dried fruit. When it comes to nuts and dried fruits, the options are endless for what you can add to granola.

Nuts used often include pecans, almonds, cashews or peanuts. You will also find seeds used such as pumpkin or sunflower. Dried fruit options include raisins, cranberries, pineapple, grated coconut, apricots, dates, mango and apples. 

 

The recipe below is for a very simple granola with a toasty flavor. I’ve discovered that the key to making good granola is to be sure to stir it every 10 minutes or so as it’s baking. This allows for even cooking. Also, depending on how accurate your oven is, the granola might bake quicker than what the recipe states. If you start to smell a burnt smell, take it out – it’s done.

Toasty Homemade Granola
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup chopped nuts (such as pecans or almonds or a mixture)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup banana chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place the oats, nuts and salt in a large bowl and stir well. Add honey and stir well again (1 – 2 minutes) to combine and evenly incorporate all ingredients. On a non-stick baking sheet, spread the mixture evenly. If you’re not working with a good non-stick sheet, lightly spray the sheet with cooking spray before adding mixture or line with parchment paper.

Bake for 25 minutes stirring the mixture every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Then transfer the toasty granola to a bowl and stir in the raisins and banana chips. Allow to cool completely.

Serve granola with yogurt and fruit to make a breakfast parfait or eat with milk as a breakfast cereal. Granola also goes well with ice cream or eaten alone as a snack.

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5 Responses to “Toasty Homemade Granola”

  1. Tracy on July 22nd, 2009 11:03 pm

    Tesia,

    I am on my 2nd batch of your Toasty Homemade Granola and I have to say thank you. I had no idea it was so easy and better then any store bought granola. Keep up the great job. I am definitely a fan.

    Tracy ~

  2. Tesia on July 22nd, 2009 11:08 pm

    Thanks Tracy!

  3. Nikki on July 23rd, 2009 8:05 am

    This looks so good!! I am going to make it this weekend. Thanks so much for all of the wonderful recipes. You are the best!

  4. Chinyere on July 23rd, 2009 10:06 am

    I’m definitely a fan of the Homemade Granola. My 6 year old niece and I discovered that it’s great with popcorn. Since the cooking class at Common Good City Farm, I’ve made about 3 batches. Each time doing something a lil different; adding dried cherries or cranberries, more nuts, sesame seeds, more honey. I love it. I see you’ve changed the recipe a bit…added a bit more fruit and left out the canola oil. Hmmmm. I guess it’s time for another batch. ^_^

    By the way, the cooking class was great. I’ve been meaning to zip you a thank you email. Thank you!

  5. Tesia on July 23rd, 2009 6:52 pm

    Nikki, I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes.

    Chinyere, that’s great that you’re adding variations to how you make the granola. I recently made it with diced dried apricot and substituted maple syrup for the honey. It was good!