Going Granola

August 28, 2011 at 9:00 am 5 comments

Marie and I finally fulfilled one of her life goals: to make homemade granola. A small and silly goal, but exciting none-the-less. We both love granola, whether it is mixed into yogurt for a post-run snack or dessert, or sprinkled on top of our oatmeal for breakfast. And we both just realized how much oatmeal we go through…
Yes, we did eat that in the course of 5 months. Make that 4, since we were both gone for a month…
Granola can be great, but it can also be a sneaky source of calories and sugar. A half-cup serving of store bought granola has 160 calories – and a half cup isn’t much! It also has so much sugar that I can’t even eat certain brands! Homemade granola is still calorie dense, but it is much easier to control how much fat and sugar you are adding, and it remains all natural. Watch out for low-fat and low-sugar products, since they usually contain filler and not-so-good for you additives to keep the taste the same!

This will likely be the first attempt of many. We used a recipe I had archived in my documents from an old NY Times article, and it has a great, fall flavor. We thought it had the perfect amount of sweetness, the right amount of cinnamon and maybe a bit too much nutmeg, and the hazlenuts and almonds add great crunch. We thought it was perhaps a bit dry, maybe the fault of the coconut or oat bran. Still my go-to granola recipe for now!
Granola cravings really seem to strike busy med students around the same time! Check out Baking with Em & M for their Cinnamon Granola. Also check out this recipe at Clean Eating Chelsey for a quinoa granola I have been dying to make for a long time. Maybe that will be Marie’s newest life goal. (Or maybe the IronMan competition she has always wanted to do! Obviously on the same playing field, in terms of life goals ;))

Question: What is a goal recipe you have for the kitchen?

Homemade Granola

Yields about 4 cups

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup oat bran

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup flax seeds, coarsely ground

1/4 cup coconut, flaked (optional)

1/2 cup chopped nuts (we used hazelnuts and almonds, but I would do all hazelnut next time!)

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

scant 1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup honey, plus 1-2 tablespoons for drizzling

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

1 cups raisins

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together oats, bran, wheat germ, ground flax seeds, coconut, chopped nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, and raisins. In a smaller bowl, combine honey, oil, and vanilla. Heat on medium power for 30 seconds until honey is very smooth. Pour slowly into the dry ingredients. Spread the granola into a single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit more honey to create clusters. Bake for 45-55 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. Allow granola to cool on the sheet and store in an airtight container.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. EmandM  |  August 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

    YAY!! looks amazing =)

    • 2. jenlenew  |  August 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks! We had fun making it :) It was our hurricane food in case anything happened!

  • 3. realfunfood  |  August 29, 2011 at 4:10 am

    I love fun food projects! I’m going to try making date walnut bars. I tried one at Whole Foods, and the ingredient list is so short but they are so good! I’m really excited to make these because I am hoping they’ll make excellent travel snacks for my 8 hour flight back to the US in two weeks. :)

    • 4. jenlenew  |  August 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Mmm those sound really good! Maybe see them on your blog if they turn out well :)

  • 5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  August 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    This looks wonderful. There’s just something about homemade granola.


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