Tuesday, July 23, 2013

granola (Monday through Friday)

Well I collect granola recipes.
I like to try all different kinds cuz this family just devours it. 
Here are just a few favorites (enough to make five different versions).
Elizabeth's Granola
my sister makes this and it is sooo good.  more like dessert.  I use white sugar instead of brown because she did once and that's what hooked me on it.  we've been eating it with raspberries and vanilla yogurt. the vanilla + slight almond flavor makes it taste like sugar cookies.
5 cups quick oats
1 stick butter
1/2 cup oil
2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond flavor
1 cup brown or white sugar
1/2 cup coconut
Mix together, spread in greased pan and bake at 350 for 10-25 minutes.  Let cool and break into pieces.
Christine's Honey Nut Granola
my sister in law first introduced me to the concept of baking granola at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time.  previously granola, to me, meant two hours of checking the oven every ten minutes and stirring endlessly.  now that I know otherwise, I look for recipes like this:
Melt together:

1 cup date sugar (or turbinado)
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup oil or butter
3 t. vanilla
Pour over:
2 t. cinnamon
5 cups regular oats
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup coconut
Mix, bake at 350 for 15 minutes, let set until cool.  Then break up.
Honey Nut Granola //remix//
so this is my version of the above recipe.  it's 100% unhealthier than my west coast sister's.  it's easy to adapt though and so I use it as a base.  Add raisins, dried blueberries, cashews, pecans and cranberries, whatever sounds good.  :)
1 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 t. vanilla
Pour over:
5- 6 cups regular or quick oats
add nuts, add ins as desired.
Mix and bake on greased jelly roll pan at 350 for 15 minutes.  Cool and break into pieces.
Cherry Almond Granola
Deeann brought this to me, packaged with blue checked ribbon when I was a new first time mom in the hospital with a squalling little Jacob. It's a great great gift for new moms.  And old moms.  (Am I an old mom!?)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup thawed unsweetened apple juice concentrate
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
6 cups old-fashioned oats
1-1/2 cups dried cherries or cranberries
1 cup slivered almonds
Mix the first seven ingredients in a sauce pan and melt.  Pour over remaining ingredients. Spread in thin layers on two jelly roll pans and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Peanut Butter Granola
I love a good pb granola.  It's an awesome ice cream topper, delish w/ mini chocolate chips plus a great am protein boost. This is just a compilation recipe of all my favorite granola recipes + peanut butter.  It's yummy and turns out every time.  I just guess at the amount of pb.  If you want to use more or less, feel free to adjust.
1 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 t. vanilla
Pour over:
5 cups regular oats
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup coconut
Mix, stir, spread on jelly roll sheets and bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes, checking and stirring if needed. Let cool and break into pieces.
Rachel's Baked Oatmeal
I've been making baked oatmeal since I was ten years old, but they were healthy, boring, life staple versions that had about zero wow and pizazz.  Now my friend Rachel's, on the other hand, practically stands up and sings. :)  You can make it the night before and set it in the fridge, too which adds to ease plus the sugar topping creates a crunchy glazed texture.  I made it last week with a cup of blueberries and we didn't have a crumb left. 
It's not granola.  I know.  But it is an oven version of oatmeal.
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
Mix, pour in greased 9" casserole pan (I use a 9" stoneware dish). Sprinkle with
1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1/2 t. cinnamon
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
Deeeeelish!  You can add whatever sort of fruit you like.  Serve with milk. 


  1. They all sound so good! Here's one that I have made lately; I guess it's not exactly granola, but it's great for breakfast. http://www.marthastewart.com/971772/toasted-muesli

  2. Thanks for taking the time to put these on here. I will try them! Our family recently moved to Hawaii and granola is insanely expensive here. So in addition to making my own breads and buns, I need to add my own granola to save a few bucks. We haven't had any in 5 months... gasp! (We love it too).

    I've been occasionally following your blog and find your words real and vulnerable. I enjoy hearing your insight. I think we would be friends maybe if we lived closer. AND we both have daughters named Cambria :)

    Thanks again.