Tuesday, March 8, 2011

the search for granola

I'm hooked on making granola. I made one version (found here); the final product made for a great cinnamon-y snack, but I wanted to find a recipe that would give me those crunchy clusters that I associate with granola. I found this recipe that was even simpler than the last and took about half the time to bake. I cut the salt in my version, as I found 1 teaspoon to be a bit too much for my taste and changed some of the fixings. Feel free to get crazy with your fruit and nut combinations. Enjoy!

2 cups rolled oats
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
3 T plus 1 t oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1/3 unsalted slivered almonds (I used toasted)
1/3 cup cranberries
1/3 cup dried mangoes cut up into small pieces
I also like to add about 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds (optional)

To start, preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
In a big bowl, toss the oats, cinnamon and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix the oil, honey, sugar and vanilla till completely combined.

Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Using your hand, mix the ingredients--grabbing some of the mixture and making a fist makes for those delicious granola clusters.

Spread the mix onto your baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss using a spatula. Add nuts and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove and toss again. (This is important as the edges tend to cook/burn faster. Bake for another 5-7 minutes.

Let cool completely, then toss with dried fruit.



I like this aroma...

The outcome is highly addicting (and full of clusters) and one I'd be proud to bring to breakfast. I think I'll add dried blueberries to the mix next time.

Next on my granola recipe queue...Peanut Butter Granola.


  1. LOOKS GOOD!! I feel like you would like Alton Brown.. do you ever watch Good Eats?

  2. Thanks! This is a good one...better than the last. I don't watch too much Alton actually...although I've tried his recipes!

  3. i'm thankful to have stumbled across your blog and this recipe! this will have to be my next project :)

  4. thanks for stopping by oah! I had to cut myself off from this one because it was do addicting. hope you enjoy :)

  5. thanks again, anabel!



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