My typical breakfast is greek yogurt with honey and a handful of granola or nuts (paired with a strong cup of coffee, of course!). I love how granola can be enjoyed with yogurt or milk but can also double as an easy on-the-go snack. Making your own granola is super easy and gives you the ability to add any kind of flavors you like! Here is my basic granola recipe along with a few favorite add-ins. Basic Granola, makes 3-4 small servings.
Needed: 2 cups oats (old fashioned, not the quick cooking kind), 1 1/2 cups nuts/seeds of your choice, 1/3 cup oil (I like to use olive oil), 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of ginger, 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 cup dried fruit or other additions you like.
In a bowl combine the oats and nuts/seeds. Pour in oil and honey (or maple syrup) and stir to combine. Add in seasonings and vanilla and mix well. Spread out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 to make sure all pieces bake evenly. Add in dried fruit during the last 10 minutes of baking. For the granola pictured above I used almonds slivers and dried blueberriesFor this granola I added sliced almonds. To make chunky granola simply don’t mix during the baking process. Once you remove your granola from the oven break it up into small chunks for a different kind of texture. This is great for snacking granola; like for camping or carrying around in your purse.
What? You don’t carry granola in your purse? Oh, yeah. Me neither….For this granola I added walnuts and coconut flakes. I love the sweet and chewy addition of coconut flakes, but they can burn easily. Be sure not to add coconut flakes until the last 5-6 minutes of cooking.Store your granola in an air tight container or zip lock back for up to two weeks. Enjoy! xo. Emma
Note: If you are enjoying this as part of the Weekday Weekend Challenge be sure to check any dried fruit you include for added sugars as many dried fruits contain this (but not all, so just read the ingredients list to see!)
I like your idea, very good
Thanks for a sharing
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Thanks so much for sharing this. I made some today, substituting almond butter for some of the oil (I used canola), and apple pie spice blend + cinnamon for the spices. It turned out great. 🙂
given my love of granola, i definitely need to try making my own…thank you so much for sharing!
This is brilliant. I love it. Such an interesting idea!
I started making homemade muesli (that’s what we call granola in Australia) about six months ago and I will never, ever eat store-bought muesli again! I prefer to make mine dry with rolled oats, seeds/nuts, coconut and pull it all together with almond meal instead of toasting it with the honey/maple syrup/whatever. I add the syrups when I eat it. It makes the muesli more all-purpose to be used to make other things, like porridge, rather than being permanently sticky.
Haha i love your humour Emma! I too have been discovering the amazing energy you get throughout the day by eating wholesome meals like this for breky! 🙂 x thanks for the lovely posts!
Got all the supplies to make this yummy looking granola. I just need the summer heat to cool down so I can use my oven.
can’t wait to try it! I love this incredible maple pecan granola they sell in FreshMart (I’m not sure if these stores are in the US as well) but my closest FreshMart is 45 minutes away. Let’s see how mine turns out :)!
That looks D E L I C I O U S!!
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Wow! That looks SO good. I’m going through a Granola craze at the moment and this is sure to please. Thanks for sharing.
It looks good and it tastes even better! Check out my result: http://lovethefashionlife.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/breakfast-triffle/
looks so tasty 🙂
many thanks for sharing
I can’t wait to try this, this fall. It’s my favorite to eat with greek yogurt and toasted almonds. I would definately use honey. Thanks for sharing.
Sounds so yummy!!
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One with coconut flakes sounds like it would taste really good. I never thought of that!