Oh granola. You are a food group all of your own. Two of my main people in my family happen to ADORE you. the third will also once he gains his teeth. You can be chocolate, you could have coconut, you could be drenched over ice cream or yogurt, you can be eaten late night in the kitchen when no one is watching, you can be easily placed into a little tiny bag only to have the owner find out that the tiny bag was WAYYY too tiny, you can be inhaled via one’s palm…Whatever you are you or how you are consumed…you are delicious. My one issue with you however is you are usually stuffed full of cane sugar, have a chalky taste….and the WORST is you leave me with canker sores. So my latest kick was to fix you and do something about my few issues with you that come in a box.
Well, I decided to do some research and come up with a granola that is filling, not so sweet, and of course does not have all of that chalky taste due to the mass manufacturing. And I’m so happy that I found one! And have made it multiple times. The best part of it all is the ratio of nuts to seeds is so variable! You can add or substitute anything you have on hand!
Dried fancy raisins (thank you Trader Joe’s)
I also did a little experiment with the amount of coconut oil. I wanted to get a chunky granola to appease my men. So one of the times I made this particular granola, after I mixed all the dry ingredients-but before I added them to the boiling honey/coconut oil mixture-I divided it into two bowls. In one bowl I added only 1/4 cup of coconut oil and in the other I added 1/2 cup. TO my surprise, they both had the same chunky-ness! Crazy.
So, due to the fact that we could all use a little less fat in general in our lives….I opt to go with the lesser amount of oil. But either way, it works.
The Nutty Granola
SERVING SIZE: 10 cups (plus or minus a little)
TOTAL TIME: 45 min.
8 cups oats
1 cup ground oats
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup almonds (finely chopped)
1 cup pecans (finely chopped)
1 cup walnuts (finely chopped)
1/2 cup cashews (finely chopped)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins or dried berries (optional)
- preheat oven to 300, line two baking sheets with parchment paper
- combine all dry ingredients in bowl
- in another bowl combine wet ingredients (except vanilla) and bring to boil over medium heat
- pour wet mixture onto oat/nut mixture
- spread evenly onto cookie sheets and bake for 30-35 min or until golden brown, add raisins at the end.
*for chunkier granola …dont stir throughout cooking process. Let cool completely, then break gently:)
I dont mean to choose favorites…but from these photos…I feel like you would too. All I wanted was ONE and I got many of these…
Anyway, nothin like a good home baked granola. Thanks granola for serving us well….and for years to come. Next on the docket…how to re-create that $7.49 box of Cracklin’ Oat Bran.