August 6, 2009

Grand Granola::

{I'm linking to Jen's Tasty Tuesday...
check out her fun idea for a coffee bar!}

The beauty of this recipe is how easy and versatile (read: forgiving) it is
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds, walnuts, macadamias or pecans
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbs brown sugar
6 Tbs maple syrup
1/4 cup canola oil
1 Tbs vanilla

Like I said, it is very forgiving. I used generic 'light' pancake syrup because that's what I had. I used vegetable oil instead of canola oil... because that's what I had. I've followed this recipe to the tee and it tastes just as good with the cheap stuff.
Don't like nuts? Leave them out.
Don't like coconut (Leslie), leave it out.
Prefer to make it extra healthy?
Add flax seed, millet, dried fruit, whatever floats your boat.
Well, maybe not spinach.

One batch will make this much: (a cookie sheet)
Sometimes I double it. Not today, I was scraping the bottom of the rolled oats barrel, literally.

Bake at 250 for 1 hour.
Stir and bake for 15 more minutes
I'm telling you, it is so easy. AND I usually have the ingredients in my pantry

My favorite way to indulge:
Activia vanilla yogurt, fresh berries and granola.

Just look at those golden flakes


Annie said...

Okay, SERIOUSLY ... my husband will demand that this recipe is printed out and used! Thank you! What a cost cutter for our granola-lovin' family. (Costco just lost some money.)

Alisa said...

yummy...I love granola and I really like the new blog look.

Chris said...

Oh MY. I am SO making this! Thanks for sharing!

Joy said...

Mmmm, that sounds delicious! I just might have to try that recipe because I enjoy starting my day with a little granola.

Bugs and Sunshine said...

Hey there! I've visited your blog before and thought I'd say hi. This summer has been busy and I haven't been reading many blogs, but was catching up on some of my faves tonight. We just made the decision to homeschool or son this year. I thought it was really neat that your family is starting on this journey too. I was curious what curriculum you guys are going to use?! (My name's Anna by the way :)!)

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing a great recipe...gonna give it a try!

Have a wonderful weekend!
~Michelle :)

Tabitha said...

I'm going to try this tomorrow and let you know how it turned out. These are the kind of receipes I like..quick and easy. I love your blog by they way.

Alisa said...

Yum! I can't wait to try this.:) I'm always looking for a granola that can be varied as I have one who is allergic to ALL nuts and another who is allergic to ALL dairy and eggs (Yes, I know, I have to be a very creative cook these days!). Thanks for posting this. I will be trying it this week (w/o the nuts of course :)). Miss you, My friend! Love to your family! Give your parents hugs as well!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Thanks so much for posting this! My hubby is a granola fiend and I've been looking for a good recipe for awhile. Boxes of that stuff is so expensive! I'm printing out the recipe as we, type. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Ooh! I'm catching up on some favorite blogs tonight and I'm glad to see this. Looks delicious and I can't wait to try it!

Iamredeemed said...

new to your blog... just wanted to tell you this looks like a great recipe. Think I'll give it a try soon. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is in the oven RIGHT NOW!