Sunday Baking: Granola x 3

We’ve stopped buying cereal in exchange for making home-made granola.  It’s an easy breakfast or snack, stirred into Greek yogurt or with milk poured onto it like cereal.  And these recipes make your house smell amazing while they cook!  It’s worth making a batch just for the smell alone.

I used some fabulous local honey, maple syrup and vanilla to make these batches of granola.  I bought raw honey at the Westboro Farmer’s Market.  The seller, A Country Garden, had several different types of honey with varied tastes, as they were harvested at different times of year when different flowers were in bloom!  I sampled each one and you could really taste the difference.  The vanilla I use is from Really Horrible Enterprises and it’s made with rum!  It’s delicious and I don’t want to ever buy store bought vanilla again.  I found him at Urban Craft, but you can also order from the website.

Here are three variations to try, but each time I make it I use a different combination of ingredients.  I love the use of apple sauce in the second and third variations as this eliminates a lot of the oil that is often used.  However, they didn’t get as clumpy as you’d expect granola to be.  They had more of a cereal texture – still delicious though!

Honey Almond

3 cups oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup Honey
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Walnut Cinnamon

3 cups oats
1 cup walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup applesauce (about 1 individual size cup)
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped dried apples

Cranberry Maple Pumpkin Seed

3 cups oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup applesauce (about 1 individual size cup)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300.

2. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

3. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients.

4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet.

5. Bake for 40-50 minutes, stirring every ten minutes, until the granola is golden brown. (NOTE: Make sure you stir up all the bits around the edges and in the corners – these are the parts that will burn first.)  Remove from oven, and stir in dried fruit. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container (I use mason jars).

This recipe easily doubles and keeps for quite a while in the cupboard.

Cranberrie Pumpkin Seed Granola

Recipes adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod and Simply Scratch.

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3 thoughts on “Sunday Baking: Granola x 3

  1. I am so excited that you have granola recipes!!! I am definitely trying one of these, I practically live on granola for breakfast. And I am very curious to try rum vanilla, a combination of two of my favorite things!

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