Everyday Granola

February 28, 2011 by andrea | Filed under Breakfast, Recipes, Snack.

If you’re a granola lover like I am then you know that it can be a spendy item to buy on a regular basis. That’s the beauty of making your own granola…it’s super easy to whip up a batch of it and you get a lot more granola for a lot less money.  

This recipe is a great one to play with. You can use different dried fruits and nuts depending on what suits your fancy. I decided to use dried apricots and a combo of chopped pecans and sliced almonds. I didn’t have unsweetened coconut so I used the sweetened variety. I also added 1 tablespoon of flax seeds, 1/8 cup of wheat germ and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla. The granola turned out great! I like to mix it with plain yogurt drizzled with a bit of honey. Yumm!

Everyday Granola
-recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine

Yield: Makes about 5 cups

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut*
3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup assorted dried fruit

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir honey and oil in saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 30-40 minutes. Place sheet on rack. Stir granola; cool. Mix in fruit. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight.

* Available at specialty foods stores and natural foods stores.

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3 Responses to “Everyday Granola”

  1. Your granola looks terrific, I’m a granola lover as well. In fact I posted a Muesli recipe over at Tasty Tuesdays today, that is where I spotted your granola.

    -Brenda

  2. Yum! I like to make my own too. I’m very fussy and like the fruit-free variety of which only one brand makes here. It’s much easier and less expensive to make my own.

  3. YUM! I’m so going to do this and soon! I’ve been wanting some granola but the ones at the store are to expensive and some of the recipes I found would be just as expensive. This one not only would be inexpensive but would be good and easy to play around with like you said. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.