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Homemade Granola

One of the fun things about being so close to the end of this pregnancy is the nesting stage.

Where my home actually gets cleaned.

Where I pretend to know how to organize.

Where I think in advance about what meal times are going to be like.

Which brings me to one of my favorite recipes ever.

Granola!  If you would have told me five years ago I would be making my own granola I would have laughed, laughed, laughed.

I had NO idea how simple it was.  How delicious it was.  Or how cost efficient it is!

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Now.  I have to admit, while I love my recipe… I needed a bit of help in the technique department.

Enter in Sylvie from gourmande in the kitchen.

She wrote this AMAZING post on how to make the best granola… and I think I may have wept a little.  I mean, yes I am pregnant and normally dont weep about granola, but really.  Its just that good of a post!

Plus her photography is absolutely stunning.

Seriously.  Dont go over there.  You will never, ever want to come back here!  She is an absolute master at what she does.

I drool.

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My recipe is pretty straight forward.  The only “specialty” ingredient I highly recommend getting is coconut oil.  I got this at my local grocery store.

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But after reading Sylvie’s recommendations, I added quick oats, some turbinado sugar (you can use white sugar) and used her clumping method to get crispy chunks.

Homemade Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 cups quick cook oats
  • 2-4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons raw Turbinado sugar (or white sugar)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried fruit of choice (I like dried blueberries, my family likes Pomegranate Craisens)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Place on baking sheet and put in oven for thirty minutes. Remove and sift gently, then put back in oven for 15-30 minutes or until mostly dry.
  3. Remove from oven and let sit out for at least one hour.
  4. Store in an air tight container. Serve over yogurt, in milk, or on ice cream.
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*You can also make this recipe gluten free by buying Gluten Free Oats

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Really, the sky is the limit with granola!  Heck, I love to just eat it right from the jar. :)

A quick note about coconut oil.  This site, OrganicFacts.net,  has some fantastic information on how to use it for stress relief, hair care, and even helping to reduce chance of cancer.

When you buy coconut oil it is in solid form, but will turn into liquid at 75 degrees.  You can stir it into granola in the solid form, but I often heat it slightly so that it turns to liquid. (making it a bit easier to incorporate)

 

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Hope you try this, and hope you love it as much as we do!

I sure do I hope my kids eat this when I am in the hospital with baby… but I have a feeling Grandpa might be sneaking them a donut or two. ;)

Comments

  1. In Katrina's Kitchen says

    Oh great! That’s where I’ll start. My grocery has a large organic section so I’m hoping I can find it there. Btw, I’ve become a huge fan of coconut lately! I love Silk COconut Milk. I’ve been using it as coffee creamer. It’s only 90 cal per 1 cup and it’s a sweet treat. ♥- Katrina PS- SOO EXCITED TO WELCOME YOUR BABY!! :)

  2. says

    HI Amanda!
    As a person who comes from the original land of coconuts – Kerala. Let me caution you on coconut oil. Pure organic coconut oil spoils easily if not stored well. It gives out a rancid smell and tastes funny. This is why most coconut oil brands add some kind of preservative. If your coconut oil doesn’t taste funny in a months time or maybe a little more since your place might not be as hot as South India, then you will know for sure that it is not as organic and pure as you thought it to be.
    p.s As a kid I used to help my grandma dry our coconut on the terraced roof and take it to the mill to make oil.

  3. Guy says

    This is cool! I’ll definitely try this and add up to my breakfast meals if it will be a success. Thanks much!

  4. says

    That looks delicious and I LOVE granola. I’m starting to feel like myself again and really want to get back into baking. This is definatly going on the list of things to make!

  5. Kelly Crawford says

    It’s just so amazing how coconut oil works in many ways. Aside from the fact that it can be used in cooking, it can also be applied on skin and hair. I really love coconut oil! I got mine from http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/ By the way, thanks for this granola recipe. I will surely try it this weekend!

  6. Kisha says

    I too am obsessed with granola, and I am always trying to find a better one. Okay so I actually posted just say that I can see exactly why you almost cried. I just pulled my pan of granola out of the oven and as I looked at it, all I could say to myself was “SHUT UP”!!! I even couldn’t resist tasting it hot because of all of those beautiful golden clusters. Needless to say, but I don’t think I’ll be looking for anymore granola recipes, because this has to be the best one on earth=))). Thank you so much for this delicious recipe.

  7. says

    I have had this recipe bookmarked forever and finally got around to making it today. It is so good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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