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Homemade Granola

 

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I have always been a big fan of granola – the toasted, crunchy oats and nuts, along with sweet fruit make a wonderful combination, whether eating it in yogurt or by the handful. I ran into some problems, though, after discovering that I have a nut allergy, as one would be pretty hard pressed to find a package of store-bought granola that did not include some type of nut. So I figured I would need to go the homemade route if I wanted to enjoy granola again. However, it’s virtually impossible to find a recipe that does not include them and mostly out of sheer laziness I have never, before now, gone through the trouble of adapting a recipe (I know, it’s brutally taxing work). This granola tastes wonderful and I have been enjoying it mixed into my yogurt. I substituted Grape-Nuts cereal for the nuts in this recipe, which mimics the nice crunchy texture of nuts.

Homemade Granola

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups old fashioned oats (not instant or “quick”)
1 1/4 cups Grape-Nuts cereal
1/8 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/8 cup honey
1 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used a equal parts of raisins, dried berries, and dried mangoes)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Put oats into a medium-size mixing bowl.

3. In a separate bowl mix the oil and the honey. Whisk briskly with a wire whisk until oil and honey become a homogeneous, sticky syrup.

4. Pour the honey/oil mixture onto the oats and stir well until thoroughly blended.

5. Place mixture on a foil-lined baking pan and spread out flat and even.

6. Roast for about 15-20 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, stir the mixture. Stir again once or twice before it’s done. Remove from the oven to cool (I transferred the granola to another cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool).

7. When cool add the fruit and toss until combined. Store in a clean, dry, and airtight container.

(Adapted from 80 Breakfasts)

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27 Responses to “Homemade Granola”

  1. slush on February 7, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I have been thinking about granola all week, and in 2 days saw 2 different recipes for it on blogs I frequent. I think thats a sign.

    Your granola looks fab. I just love it in a cup of yogurt. YUM!

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  2. Michelle on February 7, 2008 at 10:50 am

    It is definitely a sign – you should make it :)

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  3. nikki57 on February 7, 2008 at 10:57 am

    That looks mighty tasty!

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  4. Michelle on February 7, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Nikki!

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  5. Kate on February 7, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I think homemade granola is so much better than storebought anyway. You’re not missing anything!

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  6. Michelle on February 7, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Kate – this was my first time making it homemade and I’d have to agree with you!

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  7. Erin on February 7, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Looks good! I love granola.
    PS You’ve been tagged =)

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  8. Michelle on February 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks Erin!

    Oh, I’ll have to check it out!

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  9. annmarsh on February 7, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Mmmm, this looks wonderful. I’ve been hoping to make homemade granola soon and I had a recipe I was planning on trying, but now I may just have to try this one as well :)

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  10. Michelle on February 7, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    annmarsh – it’s a great recipe, if you try it let me know how you like it!

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  11. bakingblonde on February 7, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I make my own granola as well! Isn’t it great. I love it on yogurt, pudding, icecream and even with a bowl of milk!

    Love your blog chelley! Can’t wait to try my hand at your Chocolate chip Cookie recipe!

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  12. Michelle on February 7, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    bakingblonde – you’ll have to share your recipe with me, is it much different than this?

    Thank you so much, I’m glad that you enjoy my blog :) Let me know when you try the chocolate chip cookies! I hope you enjoy them :)

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  13. zebe912 on February 7, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    This one looks yummy. I eat a lot of homemade granola because I can’t drink milk, and dry granola is better than dry cereal. I have another recipe that is the only homemade granola I have ever liked, but it uses maple syrup instead of honey. If you ever want to switch things up a bit, I’d be willing to share.

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  14. Michelle on February 7, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    zebe – maple syrup sounds very good! Would you mind sharing your recipe? Thank you! :)

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  15. aprilmlove on February 8, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I have never made home made granola and this look so good! I love it in yogurt and so do 2 of my kiddos. It sounds simple to make too!

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  16. Michelle on February 8, 2008 at 11:18 am

    April – thank you! It’s definitely a cinch to make – you should give it a try!

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  17. kayte1208 on February 9, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    yummmm!!!! this looks wonderful. i have been wanting to make homemade granola for over a year. i must try this!

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  18. MrsPresley on February 9, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    yum! there’s always something i don’t like that i end up picking out, so this would be a great way to make granola my way :)

    Reply

  19. bevsedgehills on February 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    very yum! Is granola what we call Muesli? Its looks the same but I always wondered.

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  20. Michelle on February 10, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Kayte – it was really easy – definitely try it!

    MrsPresley – I agree, especially with my nut allergy, it’s so much easier to make things yourself!

    Bev – I did a little digging around and found this explanation as to the difference between granola and muesli:

    Museli is typically made with uncooked oats and dried fruit, whereas granola is often mixed with honey/sugar and oil and baked.

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  21. joey on February 13, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Oh wow! Your granola looks lovely! :) So glad the grape-nuts worked and you are now enjoying your own homemade granola :) I’m sure lots of people with nut allergies (and there are a lot out there) would love to give this a spin :)

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  22. Michelle on February 13, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Joey – thank you! The Grape Nuts was perfect! I’m loving my granola :)

    Reply

  23. carrieskitchencreations on February 23, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I also recently made homemade granola. Delicious isn’t it?!

    Reply

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