Getting Closer: A Granola Recipe


I had a helper on a stool late last week when I decided to give homemade granola another go. Turns out that the preschooler is rather handy at stirring as long as you have a REALLY big bowl. I’m loving this particular granola for breakfast with milk on it, but the boys aren’t so sure about it. I think it may be the coconut flavor they don’t like, so we’ll try again with a different oil when this batch is gone.

After this go round I’ve decided that good granola is less about the actual recipe and more about your cooking method. A slightly lower oven temperature and more frequent stirring really helped us out, and I can see making the recipe a bit different each time depending on what we have on hand or is in season much like I do our roasted potatoes or meatloaf. I’m mulling over other add ins and a possible sprouted granola.

Basic Granola

  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (I used raw pecans and the food processor to make them toddler friendly.)
  • 3/4 cup honey (Use more honey for a sweeter result.)
  • 1/4 cup oil (This recipe has melted coconut oil in it, but butter, canola, olive, etc would all work.)

Mix together all ingredients. Spread on a silpat or parchment lined sheet pan and bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes or until evenly brown. Be sure to stir it thoroughly every 10 minutes. Cool on the pan and transfer to an airtight container.

Some totally unrelated random things:

  • I made another recipe of caramel corn tonight, and I think it was improved. I should have an updated caramel corn recipe to share soon too.
  • Our clan will be heading out west on Thanksgiving day for some southern California turkey. I doubt that I will post while we are gone, but I promise to be back next week after the holiday to report on our family fun. And I will post tomorrow and Wednesday before we go.
  • I am dangerously close to having the next shop update ready to go.
  • And it will include a new self published book of sorts. I’m planning on announcing the whole thing with a give away either right before we leave or right after we get back.

Hope you had a great Monday; I’m heading up to bed to try and crank out the end of the November block for the SSS.

2 Responses to “Getting Closer: A Granola Recipe”

  1. November 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I have to first mention that your little one is adorable pushing the socks : )
    It is lovely to see your granola recipe, certainly a favorite breakfast at our house too! I look forward to seeing your shop! Enjoy your time away, many warm wishes to you and your family!

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