Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Super Easy Homemade Granola

Toni over at the Happy Housewife really got me motivated with her Bulk Cooking Day. I make lots of foods from scratch, but I wanted to do more. Toni's Homemade Granola recipe has been on my list of things to make for awhile now.

For some reason I had forgotten about it, but was quickly reminded when I went through and looked at all her video tutorials on bulk cooking. You really need to check out her post she has some great ideas.

I wanted to make this granola so bad that I went to the store first thing this morning and purchased some wheat germ.I wont make that mistake again it was $4.19 a jar. Whew that is so high, I know this because I can get double that at Sprouts Market for so much less.

I couldn't make the trip until this weekend and I really wanted to make this today. For the first batch I followed the recipe exactly. When the granola was done I tasted it and it tasted really good but was a bit plain for me.

Perfect for my kids because they don't like anything extra in their granola. But DH and I we like lots of different goodies in ours. I started on a second batch and added a few different things. Brown sugar, almonds, pecans and a bit of cinnamon sugar.

I mixed it all in with the dry ingredients and then added it to the butter and honey mixture. When the granola was finished I could hardly wait to taste it. Goodness is all I can say I loved the addition of the different nuts and the brown sugar it gave it a whole new taste.

Next time I might mix in some dried apples or cranberries after the granola cools. This is such a easy recipe to make so I don't think you could mess it up. Just have fun and experiment with some different flavors you never know what you will end up with.

My next task later this week is to try Toni's Bagel recipe. I may have to make some more granola as well, because i cant stop eating this stuff. I gotta go and hide the container.

First melt the butter or coconut oil in a 3 - quart saucepan over medium heat. Since doing this post I have completely switched to all coconut oil.


Add the honey and salt and briefly heat with the butter or oil.



In a separate bowl mix together the oatmeal, wheat germ, flax seed, nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon sugar. This photo is from my first batch so the nuts and brown sugar were not added yet.


Turn off the heat and add the oatmeal mixture.


Stir until everything is coated evenly.


Pour the mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Spread the mixture out evenly. At this point I usually pat down the mixture so it is firm and flat. This way the granola can be broken into larger pieces after it cools down.

bake at 375° for 10 minutes (watch carefully) It will be a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and let cool. I let mine cool on the baking sheet about 10 minutes. Then slide a metal spatula under the granola to loosen it from the bottom just a bit. Let cool about 30 minutes on the baking sheet then break into smaller pieces and store in an airtight container.

Fabulous!!!



Here's a version I made adding cranberries and raisins. I also substituted Hodgson Mill Multi Grain Hot Cereal instead of Wheat Germ. The Wheat Germ was so pricey. I got the Hodgson Mills for $1.99 a box and it had wheat germ, flax seed and whole grain wheat bran. So until I can buy the wheat germ in bulk this is what i will be using.





Homemade Granola

Ingredients:
3 1/2- cups uncooked old fashioned or quick oates
1/2 - cup coconut oil or butter (prefer coconut oil)
1/2 - cup honey
1/4 - cup light brown sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 - teaspoon salt
1/8 - teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 - cup wheat germ
2 - tablespoons ground flax seed
1/2 - 3/4 - cup almond pieces
1/2 - 3/4 - cup pecan pieces
1/4 - cup sunflower seeds
1/2 - 3/4 - cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit
1/2 - cup raisins

Directions:
Melt the butter or coconut oil in a 3 - quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey and salt and briefly heat with the butter or coconut oil until foamy and bubbly.

In a separate bowl mix together the oatmeal, wheat germ, nuts, flax seed, brown sugar and cinnamon sugar. Turn off the heat add the vanilla extract and then add the oatmeal mixture. Stir until everything is coated. Pour the oatmeal mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

Spread the mixture out evenly and pat down. Bake it at 375° for 10 minutes (watch carefully) It will be a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes using a spatula or flipper slide it under the granola to loosen it a bit so it does not stick. Let cool on the baking sheet about 30 minutes then break into pieces. Add the cranberries and raisins and store in an airtight container.

Cooks Note: I used my little hand chopper to chop up the nuts in smaller pieces. Not to small you want a few good size pieces.

Inspired by: The Happy Housewife








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17 comments:

Stacie said... #

I have never made homemade granola before but this sounds fantastic.

Catherine said... #

This does sound super easy, super yummy, and super healthy!

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

That looks divine! You can't go wrong with a good homemade granola recipe.

I'm off to check it out...

Jamie Cooks It Up! said... #

That looks so darn good, Tina!
My kids would get a real kick out of making this. Thanks fot the great idea!

redkathy said... #

Never tried making homemade granola. Yours looks wonderful! We like lots of goodies as you call them, as well. Think raisins or cranberries are a must for me.

Heidi said... #

What a great snack. I love granola :)

The Japanese Redneck said... #

I like this recipe it doesn't have flour or white sugar.

I'm on that sugarless for life right now. So I could probably get away with that little bit of brown sugar.

tracylynne said... #

Looks good, I am getting on the monthly meal planning bandwagon soon and hope to post my menu.I'd even like to cook for a month if I can...

Moy said... #

Thank you so much...I have been wanting to make my own to control the sugar....think I will try Splenda brown sugar and of course add the dried cranberries maybe raisins....oh the possibilities....

DailyChef said... #

The "super easy" caught my eye. I love to try "super easy" things, especially when they look as delicious and nutritious as your granola!

happeningswithLana said... #

Just found your blog thur GB!!! Congrats on being featured! :) I have to get ready for work but I will definitely be on your blog. Some great sounding recipes.

kelliscakes said... #

looks good! I am looking for a granola recipe! I have combined a few...will have to try yours out!

Tannis said... #

Just made this today and it's the best granola I've made yet. Thanks for sharing!

Johnson Tribe said... #

I put my granola in my crock pot with a wooden spoon to vent the lid!! I like not using oven saves on bill!!! Just a thought.. Love the ideas you come up Thank you =)

colliflower7 said... #

I just made this tonight, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, and without the brown sugar. It's delicious! I highly recommend eating it while warm.

Well Dressed Cupcakes said... #

all I can say is YUM!!!! thanks for posting this

Michelle said... #

Wonderful recipe! I didn't have any coconut oil on hand so I added shredded coconut to the melted butter to get the awesome coconut flavor! Crunchy, slightly sweet...just awesome!