Homemade Granola

filed under: Miscellaneous on March 11, 2011

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!

5 from 1 vote
Homemade Granola
Homemade Granola
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

My recipe is pretty straight forward. The only “specialty” ingredient I highly recommend getting is coconut oil.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Granola
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
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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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.

*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. 😉

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  • Renee says:

    That looks so good! I was just thinking yesterday that I should try to make some homemade granola to mix with yogurt & stuff…you must have read my mind!

  • naomi says:

    So well done and so beautifully photographed. oh, i have to find some of that coconut oil!

  • Katrina says:

    OKay okay! I have been making granola for years and I’ve been so frustrated recently…JUST TODAY EVEN! LOL My granola was clumpy (good!) but the end result was chewy (not so good). I was about ready to give up…but you have inspired me to press on with this! Besides, I have a lovely bag of dried blueberries, cranberries, and pomagranite seeds that I REALLY want to use in some granola! ♥- Katrina

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    OKay okay! I have been making granola for years and I’ve been so frustrated recently…JUST TODAY EVEN! LOL My granola was clumpy (good!) but the end result was chewy (not so good). I was about ready to give up…but you have inspired me to press on with this! Besides, I have a lovely bag of dried blueberries, cranberries, and pomagranite seeds that I REALLY want to use in some granola! ♥- Katrina

  • Shaina says:

    I love a good homemade granola.

  • Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    looks delicious

  • Amehlia Digital says:

    Hi (oi) Amanda!
    I love (eu amo) granola …=)
    Happy day for you…
    kisses (Beijos),
    Vinni – São Paulo/ Brasil

  • Amehlia Digital says:

    Ps: Your cake is a hit! God bless!

  • Kait says:

    Ooh, between this recipe and the granola bars from Smitten Kitchen, I am set!
    I’m one of those people that’s really hungry but only ever really feel like snacking in the morning. I would definitely snack on that granola!

  • Allison [Haute Box] says:

    I love the way my kitchen smells when I make granola! Now I am inspired to make some 🙂

  • Kari says:

    Looks yummy!
    Best wishes to you as you’re in the home stretch waiting for your little one to arrive. Take care of yourself.
    Blessings, Kari

  • Lynn says:

    coconut oil also pops the tastiest popcorn!

  • sonia says:

    Loved the granola…take care of the little one !

  • Kerri says:

    Yummy! Saving to give it a try. Thanks! Kerri

  • Gale Reeves says:

    I use coconut oil in my granola and love the results. Granola is pretty stored in a jar on the counter (I did this for several months), but I find it remains crisper if stored in the freezer. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Luisellabella says:

    Hi Amanda!! I’m new at blogging, I started “following” you the other day. I love reading your posts! Beautiful pictures and beautiful spirit! 🙂

  • ali says:

    granola is one of my very favorite food groups! 🙂

  • ali @ an ordinary mom says:

    granola is one of my very favorite food groups! 🙂

  • Kristen says:

    Your photos are stunning and a granola worth crying over? I’m totally going to have to try this!

  • Kate says:

    I want to try this recipe so bad! Where in the grocery store can i find the coconut oil?

  • SweetSugarBelle says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE GRANOLA! I probably stand alone, but I’d put dates and means in mine. I love dates SO MUCH!

  • Bethany says:

    Yum! I’ve been hearing about coconut oil. One of my friends puts it in her girls hot chocolate. Have you picked a name yet? I can’t wait to meet this little guy!

  • In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    What general section of the store do I look for coconut oil in? I’ve never purchased it.

  • ClassiclyAmber says:

    Oh yuuuuuuum!!! We LOVE homemade granola around here! So tastified~! And thanks for turning me on to Sylvie’s site, too! It truly is fantastic!
    BTW, you are so funny about your end-of-pregnancy nesting thoughts! =-D Can’t wait to hear about your baby’s arrival and see pics!!

  • Jenney says:

    Thanks for including a gluten free option. I love that you did that!

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