If you know me, you know I’ve been a Smoothie for breakfast devotee for decades. My husband Chris on the other hand loves a varied menu of eggs, toast, cereal, fruit, juice, yogurt and…granola. We go through a lot of it. And since I don’t eat it, I often forget to stock up on it. That’s just what happened the other week. That misstep inspired me to take matters into my own hands. Literally. It helped that Cookie and Kate, one of my favorite online cooking sites, was featuring this Orange & Almond Granola recipe. It sounded delicious to me, but I knew Chris would not like the orange flavoring. And so my first batch of homemade granola was born! It was easy and fun to mix up. Best of all, it was a hit with the Hubs.
4 cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
(or in my case, Bolt’s Red Mill Rolled Hot Cereal blend of oats, rye, wheat, barley and flaxseed. Hey, it’s what we had in our pantry.)
1 1/2 cups raw organic almonds (but you could substitute walnuts, pecans or pistachios or a mix of them all)
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (omit of you don’t like)
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon fine sea salt (I used 1/4 teaspoon because honey was salted)
2 tablespoons flax & chia seeds, bran or wheat germ
3/4 cup dried cranberries, cherries, raisins or diced apricots
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1-2 teaspoons orange/lemon/lime/grapefruit zest (rub this together with 1 tbsp sugar with your fingertips before adding in)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Measure out ingredients and add everything to a medium-sized bowl, going from dry (oats, nuts, etc…) to liquid (honey, oils).
- Stir until everything is well blended.
- Spread out and pat down on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes (check @ 18 minutes — you don’t want it too browned)
- Once golden brown, let cool. This is when it will crisp up.
- Once cooled, crumble into air-tight container.
I think this would be an awesome cooking project with grandkids…if I had them. And how cute would this be as your next hostess gift? Seriously, this granola is so easy to make (who knew) that I could see trying a different combination every 2 weeks or so. I’ll keep you posted on that. And…if you invite us for a weekend, there could be some granola in your future.
Photos by MP Allegaert