February 7, 2017 Amy 0Comment

My step dad has been trying to get me to make granola.  It seems that every time I go to visit him he is making granola and tries to share the recipe with me.  I always refused.  Until now.

 

Granola always sounded too time consuming to make.  I have two little kids and didn’t have time for something that I could buy instead of make.  But, this month I am taking a 30 Day Challenge (read about it here) and decided to try something new.  So, today is granola day!

 

It turned out that it is really easy to make.  Maybe I should start listening to me elders. 😉  You just mix all your chosen ingredients in a bowl really well, then spread in thin layer on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes.

 

The beauty of granola is how easy and versatile it is.  You can put just about anything into it.  Try chocolate chips for a sweet treat, or cayenne pepper for something spicy, or anything in between.

 

The magic behind granola is to maintain the ratio.  Use 6 parts dry ingredients to 1 part wet ingredients.  Then season to taste.  You can mix and match to your heart’s content!  Here are a few suggestions that you can mix and match.  But the possibilities are endless!

 

Wet Ingredients

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Honey
  • Brown Sugar Syrup
  • Corn Syrup
  • Maple Syrup

 

Dry Ingredients

  • Oats
  • Wheat germ
  • Bran
  • Cereal
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Coconut

 

Mix-ins

Add these to the granola after it is baked and fully cooled.  This does not count towards the 6 parts dry ingredients.

  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried fruit

 

What Went Well

  • I learned how easy granola is to make.  I am really looking forward to making this again with my daughter.  She loves measuring and pouring ingredients.  this would be perfect for her to help with!  And as a bonus, she could have fun getting her hands dirty during the mixing step.  Ok, not sure that’s a bonus for me.  But bonus for her. 😊
  • The granola turned out perfectly.  It is a hearty mix, but very tasty.

 

What Didn’t

  • Granola is a good way to clean out your pantry.  I only had hazelnuts on hand, instead of the walnuts I was looking for.  It is still a good granola, but it’s hard to taste much other than hazelnut.  Walnuts would be better here.

 

Also, check out my Facebook Live post walking through how to make granola.  If you enjoyed it, please like it.

 

Want to know more about the magic 6:1 ratio?  Read more from Epicurious.

 

Print Recipe
Nutty Granola Recioe
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Cups
Ingredients
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and almonds.
  3. Add coconut oil and brown rice syrup to bowl and mix to combine. Add the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Mix until homogeneous.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool completely, break into small pieces, and store in a tightly sealed container.
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Happy Baking!