Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Easy Homemade Granola

This simple oven baked granola is filled with oatmeal, pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, coconut oil, honey and a bit of brown sugar. Homemade granola is perfect sprinkled over yogurt or to enjoy as a snack or breakfast on-the-go.
Toni at the Happy Housewife really got me motivated with her Bulk Cooking Day. I make several recipes from scratch, but I wanted to do more and her Homemade Granola is first on my list. If you're interested in bulk cooking I highly recommend checking out her post because she has some great ideas.

I made my first batch and followed the recipe exactly as written. When the granola was done It tasted really good but was a bit on the plain side.  Perfect for my kids because they don't like anything extra in their granola. But my husband and I like lots of different extras in our.  

I made a second batch and added a few different things. Brown sugar, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds and a bit of cinnamon sugar. I mixed it all in with the dry ingredients and then added it to the butter (coconut oil can also be used) and honey mixture. When the granola was finished I could hardly wait to taste it. with the addition of the nuts and 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 an 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. Next on the list is her homemade bagels. Let's get started on this simple granola recipe.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot, melt the butter or coconut oil over medium heat. Since first writing this post I have totally 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 (if using), brown sugar and cinnamon sugar. 

Turn off the heat, add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the oatmeal mixture.


Stir until everything is evenly coated.


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 golden brown in 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 is very 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 oats
1/2 - cup coconut oil or butter (I 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 (optional)
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 the mixture cool on the baking sheet about 30 minutes then break into pieces. Add cranberries, raisins or dried fruit now and then 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



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 JR 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!

J and B Learning "Is The 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 =)

Stormy Heart 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!