Thursday, April 25, 2013

homemade granola recipe

Made two batches of granola in the last two weeks. My family likes the variety of nuts but you can make a super simple homemade granola with just almonds and oats, or with whatever nuts you have in the kitchen. I like using lots of different kinds because at Fresh Market you can scoop however much you want into little baggies. I probably get a couple ounces of 4-5 different kinds of nuts from the seeds/nuts section. There's also one at Whole Foods. It ends up working nicely because I buy exactly what I need for one batch and never waste any of them since nuts are expensive. I get a dollar or two of each kind. The things that don't come in the bins (coconut flakes, raisins, flax seed, wheat germ and oats) I just buy in prepackaged containers. Coconut flakes, wheat and oats are so light that they end up costing like 50 cents. I think that entire package of wheat germ was 32¢. This is very exciting for me. 

There's no right or wrong way to make it. Just mix whatever you want with something sweet (I used honey + brown sugar). Add dried fruits, chocolate chips, cinnamon, cocoa powder, whatever. 
Here's an informative list of all the good stuff that's inside these little nuts and seeds.

Adapt to your liking.

Homemade Granola
Yield: 2 dry quarts (62 dry oz)

1 cup pecans
1 cup hazelnuts
1 cup slivered almonds
2/3 cup sunflower/pumpkin seed mix ("Healthy Snacking" mix from Fresh Market)
1/4 cup whole flax seed (you can use ground flax)
2/3 cup wheat germ (I don't even really know what this is but I know healthy people eat it)
1 1/3 cup oats (5 grain oats from Fresh Market - has whole grain oats, wheat, rye, triticale + flax)
1/2 cup raisins
brown sugar to taste (1/3-2/3 cup)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (can use any kind of oil but coconut is a healthy option)
2/3 cup coconut flakes (I used unsweetened)
pinch of salt
optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract (this ended up being super dangerous when mixed with oil so next time I'll skip)

Simpler version:

1-2 cups nuts
1-2 cups oats
honey or brown sugar to taste
pinch of salt

Pulse pecans, hazelnuts and whatever nuts (if whole) in batches in a food processor (I left the almonds slivered). In a large bowl, mix nuts, seeds, flax, raisins, oats. Melt coconut oil in a pot with honey and salt until everything is dissolved and melty. Add coconut flakes and stir until mixture turns golden. Pour oil mixture in batches over nuts+seeds making sure to break apart the coconut flakes because they're sticky. Coat well. Add brown sugar (1/3 cup to start and add more to your liking - I like it sweeter) and mix until blended. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes while mixing every 4-5 minutes to bake evenly. Let cool and store in an air tight container. Granola can be kept at room temperature. Enjoy with milk.

1 comment:

  1. I CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
    I AM GOING TO MAKE IT TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!