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How to Make Homemade Granola

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A simple and delicious recipe for how to make your own Homemade Granola. So amazing and so much better than store bought!

Last year, five months after Will was born, my husband and I went on a little weekend get away to Door County, Wisconsin.  While it sure wasn’t Traverse City, Michigan (our favorite place to go in the summer), it was beautiful, relaxing and nice to get away, even if only for two nights.

Homemade Granola recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe

Anyone that has had a newborn knows that sleep is few and far between, time alone with your spouse is rare and functioning on less than three cups of coffee doesn’t happen. No complaining here- I wouldn’t trade it for the world- just telling it how it is.

Homemade Granola recipe

We stayed at this adorable little Bed and Breakfast (The Juniper Inn) in Door County that reminded my husband and I why we want to someday own a B&B (I will be the one whipping up the delicious breakfasts of course).  This bed and breakfast was so quaint, quiet, peaceful and serene.  We love to stay in B&B’s (when we are without the little one) because they offer such a personal feeling and the food is homemade and often showcases local farmers and ingredients.

Homemade Granola copy cat recipe

Now lets talk about homemade granola.  Almost all bed and breakfasts I have stayed at make their own granola.  The best thing about granola is that it has many uses—for breakfast with a bowl of yogurt and fresh fruit or a snack during a busy day.

Granola - Homemade Granola

A few weeks ago I realized I still hadn’t tried to make my own Homemade Granola.  It has been in the back of my mind and I finally took the plunge.  It is easy to make, tastes great, is healthy and cheaper than the store bought stuff. There is no turning back!

Start by choosing what you want to put in your granola.  Here is what you need:  2 cups of old fashioned oats (not the quick cooking kind), 1 ½ cups nuts/seeds (whatever you want), 1/3 cup oil (I used olive oil), 1/2 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg and ginger, 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (I used honey), ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and ¼ cup dried fruit of your choice (or anything else you fancy).

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In a large bowl combine the oats and nuts/seeds.  Put the olive oil and honey (or maple syrup) in the bowl and stir well to combine.  Add the spices and vanilla and continue to mix well.  Spread parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread out the granola mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to make sure all pieces baked evenly.  Add the dried fruit in to the granola during the last 10 minutes of baking.

Homemade Granola with berries

Other ideas for granola ingredients: coconut, pecans, walnuts, dried blueberries or cherries, chocolate, pumpkin seeds, pepitos, sunflower seeds, flax seed, banana chips, peanut butter chips.

Cranberry and Almond Granola

Cranberry and Almond Granola

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Homemade granola is not only healthy, but easy to customize to your tastes. Add it to yogurt with fresh fruit or bring it along as a snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of old fashioned oats (not the quick cooking kind)
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds (I crushed the almonds into pieces so it is easier to eat)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg and ginger
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats and almonds. Put the olive oil and honey in the bowl and stir well to combine.
  3. Add the spices and vanilla and continue to mix well.
  4. Spread parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread out the granola mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes total, stirring every 10 minutes to make sure all pieces are baked evenly.
  6. Add the dried cranberries to the granola mixture during the last 10 minutes stirring well to mix it up.

Notes

Granola stores well for up to 2 weeks after you make it in a sealed container. I have heard you can even freeze it (but it doesn’t last that long in my house). My granola took about 26 minutes total (you don’t want it to get too toasty or it has a burnt flavor). Check the granola every 10 minutes and stir to keep the pieces cooking evenly. I noticed in my oven the granola got golden brown before the 30 minutes was up (at about 26 minutes total). Keep an eye on it, because it really depends on your oven.

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Mary @ Fit and Fed

Saturday 20th of April 2013

I like to make my own granola, too! I agree with you that Traverse City is a gorgeous place to be in the summer, I hope you get back there in your further travels. I'm glad you and your hubby got away to a B&B together, it's so great to have couple time, especially when you have a newborn and time together alone can be scarce.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Friday 8th of March 2013

That granola looks so good. I think I'd probably eat it from a jar at my desk until I popped. :)

A Cedar Spoon

Friday 8th of March 2013

I could eat granola all day too. I love it mixed with yogurt in the morning!

Jessica@ Stuck On Sweet

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

I have yet to try making the homemade stuff - this looks great and easy!

A Cedar Spoon

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

You would love it! :) Hopefully you can try it out soon.

Ashley

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

I absolutely love homemade granola. It's a staple in our house. It's so easy to make at home and I love playing with different flavors so it never gets old : )

A Cedar Spoon

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

I totally agree! I am so glad I jumped on the bandwagon!

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

I love making my own granola. It is such a easy quick snack. I have never been to Door County. We usually go to Lake Geneva. Maybe I will make Mike venture a little further this summer!

A Cedar Spoon

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

Lake Gevena is great too. I liked Door County--a little farther out so you feel more "away." They have great bike trails (if you like to ride bikes), good food, and it is really relaxing.

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