Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Calling All Granola Girls

My next project...

Making my own granola and granola bars.

Anyone got any great recipes? There are a million online, but I don't want to try them all. Someone please help me!

One week, very soon I will do a whole week of posts on homemade goodness.

So far, I've learned to make and can jelly, to make my own yogurt, and how to effectively store and freeze several kinds of veggies. I feel like a cross between a granny and a squirrel.


TJ said...

I happen to have one I like a lot, and it's really easy to modify to your tastes:

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 300 F. In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla.

Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; finish mixing by hand. Spread granola in a 11x13 inch baking pan.

Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in raisins or cranberries. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.
Makes 7 cups.

Rachel said...

These are my favorites:

This granola is delicious, but I have found I don't need to bake it quite as long as he says or the coconut starts to burn, or perhaps it is my oven: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/granola-recipe/index.html

I make these granola bars, following her instructions exactly except I do not bake them. Just press everything into your pan and let it cool, then cut. They are nice and chewy. When I baked them, they were a crunchy mess. http://thekitchensinkrecipes.com/2008/02/09/how-i-decided-to-create-granola-bars/

Holly said...

Here is one from my friend Ashley!

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 TBSP molasses (it has lots of antioxidants!) or you could use 1/4 dark brown sugar or cane sugar
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (I used honey)
1 cup chopped almonds or walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup dried cranberries, dried cherries or raisins
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

combine all ingredients and put in 9x13" pan. press down and even out. bake at 325 for about 35 min. cool completely before cutting.

Holly said...

Also, here's one for granola. It's tried and true, from my friend Julianne's grandma Ruby. Way yummy.

Ruby's Granola

6 c. oatmeal
4 c. bran
1 c. coconut
1 c. nuts
(May add wheat germ or grape nuts for some of bran)

Melt together in microwave:
½ stick butter
2 c. honey
1/3 c. oil
1 T vanilla

Bake in shallow pan 15-20 minutes @ 350. Stir at least once while baking. Stir about once every 5 minutes.

Lindsey said...

In my opinion, this one sounds excellent! And offers some variations depending on what your families preferences might be.


Yum, I might just have to make some myself (after the giant costco bag in the pantry runs out!)

The Mosiers said...

So glad you're posting this! I've been trying to find a good recipe for homemade granola bars. We love those things around here, but they are expensive and full of HFCS.

Let me know what you find out!

MacKenzie said...

Here is my granola recipe:


I also have a granola bar recipe but I hesitate to give it to you as it is a huge source of frustration for me. When it works it is amazingly tasty but when it doesn't, I end up with a crumble (but still tasty) mess. I can't figure out the difference - I think it is the weather, like how you aren't supposed to make fudge when it rains. Maybe that is true for granola bars. If you find one you like, you must share.

Hendrick Family said...

Ooh...yum, MacKenzie!

I love chewy granola bars...so I hope I find a winner!


Toby said...

Well, I'm not a granola girl, but I do have a recipe that I use. I took one of Alton Brown's recipes and modified it to my liking:

2C (8oz by weight) rolled old-fashioned oats
1/2C (1.5oz by weight) raw sunflower kernels
1C (3oz) raw sliced almonds
1/2C (1.5oz) milled flax seeds
6oz raw honey
1/4C maple syrup
1oz organic coconut oil
2tsp vanilla extract
1/2tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6-1/2 oz chopped dried fruit (whatever you like)

(I weigh everything for this recipe)

toast the dry ingredients on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes

combine the remaining ingredients (except fruit) and heat until the coconut oil melts. combine wet and dry ingredients plus fruit and turn out into a greased 13x9 baking pan. press down and bake at 300 for 25 minutes.

remove from oven and allow to cool completely. cut into 16 bars.

Rachel said...

I just remembered these granola bars. I used to make them all the time, but they are almost too much like a cookie to me. I'm sure your boys would love them. :)


Andrea Manor said...

On another note for homemade treats, did you know you can make Jello from 100% juice? You just use the plain knox gelatin, the recipe is on the back. : )

This came from the "Super Baby Foods" book:

Granola Hors d'oeuvres

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup ground nuts
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup melted butter or oil
5 T honey
1 beaten egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dried fruit

Mix all dry ingredients. Mix honey, butter, and vanilla into dry mixture. Add more honey moisten or dried oats to dry if necessary. Form into small balls. Bake or fry, making sure that egg gets thoroughly cooked.

Variation: To make granola bars instead of balls, press mixture into 8x8 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, cool and cut into bars.

Kim said...

I didn't read over the others so sorry if this is a repeat! Leigh McDaniel made these for me and they were the best :) Here is the recipe she sent me!

Homemade Granola Bars

3 1/2 cups of oats (uncooked)
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar

Mix everything in large bowl. Press firmly into a greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min (I usually keep them in there for almost 35 minutes though, bake until golden brown). Cool completely. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

Heather said...

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Marcus and Meg Asby said...

Okay, this is not a "healthy" granola really. In fact, it's "Chocolate Granola." But it IS a way to get Marcus to eat something for breakfast that isn't an Otis Spunkmayer muffin or a doughnut. And if you think of chocolate the way the Asbys do (as chock full of antioxidants), you don't have to feel a bit of guilt.

He eats this almost every day. I have doubled the recipe and altered a few things. I'm going by memory now, so I can't tell you what the original recipe amounts were.

2 cups oats
Almost 2 cups chocolate chips (how almost depends on how generous I'm feeling that day)
8 Tbsp almonds (is that half a cup?)
4 Tbsp pine nuts
4 Tbsp FINELY shredded coconout (so it doesn't taste like paper)
4 Tbsp pitachios
Honey (enough to make it all stick together).

Bake 350 for 5 to 7 minutes (or longer - until it is golden brown). Serve with yogurt and sliced fruit (I like bananas).