Maple & Honey Granola

Do you love granola?  I do.  But hands down the Hubs LOVES granola.  When he see’s the container of oats on the counter he starts swirling around me asking what kind and when will it be done.  I think his next stop is usually the fridge to make sure there’s yogurt for the granola.  He really does like his granola.

I think everyone has their own way of making it.  Some use lots of nuts, some lots of fruit and then there’s vegetable oil, safflower oil and olive oil lovers.  Me personally, I like lots of dried fruit, olive oil and lots of little crunchies like sunflower seeds, wheat germ and sesame seeds.  The beauty of granola is that you really just need the basics of oats, sugar (or sweetness of some sort) and oil.  Everything else is up to interpretation!  So here’s my recipe, make it as is or tailor away!  Enjoy and don’t forget the yogurt!  🙂

Start off with 3 cups of oats and don’t forget the large bowl!

You’ll need it.

3/4 cup of Wheat Germ.  I love wheat germ.

It’s crunchy, nutty and best of all good for your colon.

My kids hate it when I say that.

3/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds.  You could use toasted but I’d stay away from salted or your granola may end up too salty.
1/3 cup of slivered almonds.  Here’s the interpretation part.  You could omit the almonds and toss in pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cashews.  Whatever floats your boat.
Give me some sugar.  Brown sugar! 1/2 cup to be exact.

I could eat this picture.

Little known fact about me.  I LOVE brown sugar.

I could eat an entire bag by the spoonful.

It’s a sickness really.

I should seek help.

Next add 2 teaspoons of kosher salt.
….and 3 tablespoons of white sugar.

p.s. – I don’t like eating white sugar by the spoonfuls unless I have the hiccups.

Time for the cinnaninanum.  That was my best Emeril impression.  Bad huh?  BAM!

I mean Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon.  Don’t go crazy here or the cinnamon will take over your granola and choke it.  A little goes a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng way.

Extra crunchies – 1 tablespoon of raw sesame seeds.  Again, good for your colon!
For a little interest I add 1/4 teaspoon of Cardamom.  It has a fresh citrus taste and adds an interesting flavor to granola.  I think you’ll like it too!
Give it all a good stir!  Now comes the liquid.  The pics were completely uninteresting so I have decided to omit them from this pictorial but below are the proportions.  Remember, you can change the oil to whatever your hearts desire.

3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons olive oil

Stir into the oat mixture and make sure to distribute evenly.

Pour it into a baking sheet.  If you want this to go faster you should use 2 baking sheets for this recipe.  The mixture will toast faster that way, otherwise prepare for an hour + of stirring every 10 minutes or 30 minutes cooking time with 2 sheets.  When you stir every 10 minutes, make sure to pull the granola away from the sides and into the middle so that the granola will brown evenly.  Keep toasting until it has a nice golden color.
Once the granola has reached the color you desire, remove it from the oven and put it back in the bowl you used earlier.  Toss in 3/4 to 1 cups worth of dried fruit.  I used dried blueberries, cranberries and apricots.  I like lots of fruit in mine, did I mention that already?  So you could cut back on the dried fruit if you’d rather.  Give it all a good stir and then let it cool completely before you put it in a jar or container.

Maple & Honey Granola

{Printable Recipe}
3 c oats
3/4 c wheat germ
3/4 c raw sunflower seeds
1/3 c slivered almonds
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
2 tsp kosher salt
3 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp raw sesame seeds
1/4 tsp cardamom
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 c dried blueberries
1/3 c dried cranberries
1/3 c diced dried apricots

1) Preheat the oven to 250.
2) In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oats through the cardamom.
3) In a small bowl mix together the maple syrup, honey, molasses and olive oil.  Add to the oat mixture and stir well to combine.  Spread out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant.
4) Place granola back into the large bowl and stir in dried fruit.  Let cool completely and store in a container.
 

1 Comment

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    Nana Moon Shop
    February 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I have never made granola. Looks so good! I am going to print this one and add it to this weekends “must do list”… Yum!

    ~Danylle

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