Monday, October 15, 2012

Honey Granola

Recently I decided to try my hand at making my own homemade granola.  I was on a granola kick and thought I'd look into how hard it would be to make it myself.  I wanted to have a good, basic (but flavorful) granola recipe that I could sprinkle on yogurt, eat by itself or eat as a cereal.  So I knew I didn't want it to be super hard or overly-crunchy.  But I did want it to cluster together so I could eat it by itself and easily pick it up to eat.  I don't really care for dried fruits in my granola, except for maybe raisins when I'm eating it as a cereal. But I could throw those in later if I wanted.  So let me tell ya, I made so many batches of this stuff until it met those specifications.  And I had to get the flavors just right too.  I even made up a batch with peanut butter and my family really enjoyed that one as well.
The main thing I learned is granola is crazy-easy to make.  And it's so easy to tailor to your tastes.  You could take this basic recipe and add any seasonal flavors you like (such as Apple Pie spice for the fall),  or any dried fruits and nuts you might enjoy.  I actually made up a few jars of this for my son's teachers and his bus driver for Back-to-School gifts.

Granola is wonderful to eat on the go.  Just pop some in a baggie for you or the kiddos and it is an easy snack to always have on hand and it lasts a while as long as you keep it in an airtight container. Put a ziploc bag of it in your car and if you forgot to eat breakfast that morning, you at least  have a filling snack to hold you over until lunch.

So let me show you how easy this is.
Ingredients:
2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
⅔ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
⅓ cup almond slices
1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
½ cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
1 tsp. vanilla extract



 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 250F degrees

Spray baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon & nutmeg.
Stir well, making sure you break up any chunks of brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine butter, honey (& peanut butter, if using).
Microwave until butter is completely melted. 
Stir well and then add in vanilla extract.
Pour melted butter mixture over oat mixture.
 Stir well to combine.
Spread granola mixture onto baking dish. Making sure it is spread out as much as possible.
Bake for about 65-75 minutes (oven times vary so keep an eye on it).
When it’s finished, take pan out of oven & give it all a good stir.
I'll actually stir it a few times while it is cooling.

Note: Granola mixture will be soft set when you first take it out. 

But will start to harden up slightly as it cools.
If you’re using any dried fruits like raisins, etc., add them in at this point and then allow it to cool. Once it’s cool, you’ll need to go through and break it up into little clusters.
Be sure to store in airtight containers.

Mason Jars also work well for storing this and make it a great way to give as a gift as well.


  Now it's ready to eat!


 Put it on some yogurt.


But it's also great with milk to eat as a cereal.
I like to throw a few raisins in there with it.
Enjoy!

13 comments:

Sandra :) said...

I just saw this on Pinterest - I have all the ingredients and will make it today :) It looks yummy, and doesn't have any unpronounceable ingredients :D

Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life said...

looks yummy!

JohnnieMc said...

This recipe looks so yummy! Is there a way to make Granola gluten-free? Thank you.

Medeja said...

And granola ir very addictive too :)

The Better Baker said...

YUM! It looks sooo yummy. I use to make my own granola when the kids were growing up, and haven't made it in a long while. That's about to change! Love the simple ingredients and always enjoy granola on my yogurt. Congrats on being featured at the Free Slow Cooker.....I am subscribed cause I sure don't wanna miss something that special! =) Thanks for another lovely recipe from your kitchen. XO

Kari Lindsay said...

I eat yogurt almost everyday, but I can't eat it without a sprinkle of granola. The flavor in this granola are perfect to go with any flavor of yogurt.

Anonymous said...

Making some today with crasins and banana chips added. Then later.... Some with pumpkin pie spice! Can't wait!!!

Sandra :) said...

I made a batch tonight - it's delicious! I kept 1/3 of the batch plain for our oldest son, and added 1/3 cup each of dried cranberries, raisins and coconut to the other 2/3. DS2 already had some on his cereal, and both boys will take some in their lunches tomorrow on yogurt - will definitely be making this again - it's really simple! I like anonymous's idea of using banana chips - they'd be yummy in this!

The Country Cook said...

Yay!! I'm so happy you liked it!! What great twists y'all have put on it. They sound delicious!

Bobbi said...

Hi, I just wanted to say I made a batch of this and I love it! Curious, how do you make it with the peanut butter? Do you substitute the honey with peanut butter or just add peanut butter in? And how much?

Thanks for sharing!!

Brandie Skibinski said...

Hi Bobbi! I just add in about 1/2 cup (or more if you like) in with the honey and butter mixture. Really yummy!

mamagoldielocks said...

This is so simple and so delicious! I've tried this a couple of times, once using maple syrup and pecans and another time making it as directed. Perfect either way! Very forgiving, easy to double too.

Thanks Brandie! Keep 'em coming!

Monika said...

Just got finished baking my granola its delicious!! I was just saying to my husband today how I wanted to find a recipe for granola to try, and I happened to look on my fb and you posted this.. I had all the ingredients so I was like score! and Yes its def a Score tastes great and easy to do... Only suggestion would be to spray the wax ppr with non stick spray as well if you use the wax paper! thanks for the great easy recipe!