Whhaaaat? I’ve never shared my recipe for homemade granola? Seriously?
Since creating this website (and it’s 2 short-lived predecessors) I have written somewhere in the neighborhood of 489 blog posts. Since most of these include a recipe, when I am looking for m favorite recipes these days I start with my blog. It is a fast and easy way to find a recipe, read it on my iPad in the kitchen and not have to print on mounds and mounds of paper.
This week I decided to surprise my granola-loving sous-chef, dish-washing mom and make a batch of homemade granola. We all love it, but she really loves it! I did a quick search of this website on my iPad. Couldn’t find granola. Hmmm. Fired up my computer (thinking that would help) and did another not-so-quick search. Couldn’t find it.
Then I signed on to the WordPress software I use to write my blog. Search … granola. Couldn’t find it. Is it possible I haven’t shared this recipe? I thought I had.
When I was an innkeeper I made this granola every 3 weeks. My friend and regular guest, Toni, loved to have granola with blueberries in the morning. She would stay for 5 days at a time, 3 and sometimes 4 weeks out of the month. There is no way a person can eat Praline French Toast, Quiche Lorraine, Butter Rolls, or Buttermilk pancakes and peach compote 5 days out of the week! Granola and fruit to the rescue!
On my recent winter vacation my friend Val introduced me to this Oikos Greek Yogurt. I have tried several other brands of Greek yogurt but this one is the best I have tried. It is loaded with flavor, fruit, zero fat, and low calories. When I sprinkle on a tablespoon or two of granola – breakfast is ready! I am lovin’ this yogurt!
Homemade granola is easy to make and the ultimate comfort food when you are done. However it does take some time and patience. Start this process in the morning while you are doing laundry. The laundry and granola will all end up done at the same time and you will be feeling really satisfied!
I use my BIG Tupperware bowl to mix the oats, nuts, wheat germ and just about anything else you want to include. My recipe will give you the amounts of the ingredients I use, but you can substitute walnuts, pecans, or any of the ingredients for like-ingredients that you may prefer.
The syrup is made from a little oil, honey, molasses, almond and vanilla flavoring. If you prefer honey over molasses you can use more honey. If you like the stronger taste of molasses, use less honey and more molasses. A very flexible recipe!
I use two large cookie sheets, divide the granola between the two and begin the roasting. Slowly roasting the granola at 250 degrees F. is the secret. The granola is best roasted for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Be patient. Do laundry. Read a book.
In the end, surprise your mom for breakfast! Store in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for a month or two — but it won’t last that long, I promise! Did I mention this granola makes a stunning topping to ice cream?
~ Blessings, Catherine