Friday, January 31, 2014

Homemade Granola

My blog has been on baby overload for the past year.  Although we love Hatley-Grace so very much, we are up to some other things in life.  I hope to update the blog soon about our new house, and life here in Florida, yet most of the time I just have a few minutes to talk about HG :)

I have finally found a great granola recipe, that is just too good not to share.  I love me some granola, with yogurt, milk or just plain, yet have never found a homemade kind that I loved until now.  The part of the store bought granola I love the most is how it has clusters.  I like to be able to pick it up and snack on it.  All the homemade kinds I have tried never did this.  Also, a lot of recipes call for so many ingredients that it feels more cost-effective to just buy it at the store.  BUT, I have found the perfect recipe that gives you yummy clusters and uses ingredients that I almost always have in the pantry.

I adapted a recipe from a blog called Barbara Bakes. Here is her recipe and the words in red are what I adjusted...
Ingredients
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed - I cut this to 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds- I use 1/4c whatever nuts I have on hand, peanuts, pecans...
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup of flax seed meal (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt- I reuse the 1/2 tsp. measuring spoon and do 1/2 tsp. sea salt 
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
Directions
  1. In a large bowl mix oats, brown sugar, almonds, raisins, flax seed meal, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl heat canola oil and honey until warm, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract and cinnamon (This is the second time she says to add cinnamon, so I use 1/2 tsp. for both steps, in the dry and wet). Pour this mixture over the oat mixture and mix thoroughly until everything is completely coated.
  3. Spread evenly on a parchment or silpat covered cookie sheet. (I have divided the mixture onto two pans, this is not necessary but makes thinner clusters. It helps to press the oats firmly with a spatula so it is almost like a thin granola bar) Bake at 300º for about 20 minutes until slightly golden brown. Don’t stir during baking (Do not stir, this is how you get clusters!). Cool completely and break into pieces. Store in an air tight container.



My sweet little helper
Try it out sometime, I don't think you will be disappointed :)

2 comments:

Kaela Smith said...

Zoe wore that same outfit to church this morning :) And thankful for this recipe! Cam's mom makes amazing granola, but it takes so long and has a million expensive ingredients!

Amanda K. said...

I've been on a big homemade granola kick, too. Once you have homemade you can't go back to store bought! This recipe looks great!