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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Make It Yourself: Granola


For a long time, we didn't think we could make our own granola. Costco sold a good brand at a decent price, and even though it was higher in sugar and fat than we liked, it didn’t seem worthwhile to try to come up with our own recipe. Then we discovered Costco’s nine-pound box of Quaker Oats—that's right, nine pounds, the size of a small television—and we decided to give it a whirl.

A big challenge was figuring out how to sweeten the granola without using loads of sugar. First, we tried using applesauce mixed with maple syrup, and although that tasted fine, it resulted in soft, stale-feeling granola. So we tried a small amount of maple syrup supplemented with granulated sugar, and that did the trick.

This recipe is highly adaptable—you can fiddle with the sweetness, amp up the nuts, or add any dried fruit you like. It’s still a work in progress, so please share any suggestions.

Granola Recipe

4 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup oat bran
½ cup ground flaxseed
½ to 1 cup chopped nuts (we use almonds)

½ cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 to ½ cup maple syrup, depending on taste
2 T. granulated sugar, brown or white

1.   Mix everything together in a big bowl.

2.   Spread on an ungreased baking pan, and bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

3.   Remove the pan from the oven, stir the granola, then bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

4.   When it’s browned and dry, it’s ready. Mix in dried fruit, if you like. Raisins and Craisins work particularly well. 

6 comments:

  1. This sounds so good! You could make granola bars too! Very economical.

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  2. Anybody got a good recipe for granola bars? These could replace the Clif Bars that Tim takes with him on long bike rides. We'd love to hear suggestions.

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  3. I love a good homemade granola. We use local honey instead of sugar, and that gives it a nice flavor too. Where does one get pumpkin seeds at this time of year?

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  4. You can get the pumpkin seeds in health food stores (look in the bulk grain and nut department) or in Hispanic groceries. They're called "pepitas," they're usually with the spices, and they're very reasonably priced. Depending on where you live, you might be able to find them in the Mexican section of your supermarket.

    Good luck!

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  5. If you don't care for maple flavor you can do the same basic recipe and use a simple syrup made of 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup water, boiled until it dissolves. That's what I do, and add cinnamon and vanilla, almonds and pecans. It's delish.

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  6. Granola Getaways recipes will usually cost you less and be healthier than prepackaged granolas available from grocery and health food stores.

    Homemade Granola

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