Megan's Granola - Printer Friendly
This homemade granola recipe uses oats, nuts, and dried fruit to create a tasty family-friendly breakfast cereal.
I have been making this granola recipe for over a year now and am finally getting to writing a review...WONDERFUL!!! I find it too sweet if I use the honey, brown ugar and maple syrup. I omit the brown sugar entirely and use cup maple syrup and a tablespoon of honey. The nice thing about granola is that it's so easy to modify...I never use the same nuts or seed twice!! Hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds (added later becuase they "pop"!), cashews are among my favorites. Of course, the good ol standby peanuts and almonds never fail! I bake about 200 for 40-45 mins, gives you more control over the level of toastiness (or burntness!) you desire. I often will add in some flax seed meal, excellent health benefits. I will try the coconut oil for health benefits (and flavor!) Thank YOU!
As many have said, a wonderful recipe. Don't leave out the oil. I don't think oil-free granola would be very tasty, since that is that helps it to "toast". However, I use far less than the recipe calls for - my basic rule of thumb is 2 T of oil for every 2 cups of oats. I whisk the oil into the honey (1/4 cup per 2 cups - because I leave out the brown sugar and maple syrup, but you could use as written) then make sure the granola is coated. You still get a nice toasty result, but with less fat.
Great recipe! Every time I make it, I use different ingredients and it turns out every time. I soak raisins and dried cherries in honey for an hour and then add them with 10 minutes left to bake. Once I pull it out of the oven, I take a pancake turner and spray with cooking spray then press the granola into the pan. After it sets it's nice and chunky. Thank you for the recipe!
The organic, nutty, rustic flavor is perfect. I love this recipe. It's the first time I've made granola and I was very pleased. Here's some thoughts: 1) Buying all the ingredients is expensive, but worth it. Figured on a "per bowl" basis, the cost isn't so outrageous though, because, 2) the recipe yields a LOT. I didn't have a bowl large enough to mix all the ingredients, so I used a large roaster, 3) I prepared it as written and though the recipe is versatile and I might experiment a bit, it's really perfect "as is," 4) I am a huge nut fan and the ratio of nuts in this recipe is very high, 5) this is probably common sense, but if you use two baking sheets, monitor the baking sheet closest to the oven heating element closely. The granola closest to the heating element will burn and stick to the foil if baked too long. I wonder what the purpose of the oil is. I would like to use olive oil next time or leave out the oil all together, but I'd like to know what the ramifications might be. I'd hate to spend th
Kind of your traditional granola recipe... honey, brown sugar, and maple syrup.. but don't fix what's not broken! When I make granola, I heat the honey, brown sugar, etc. over the stove and add the vanilla last, after its off the heat, that way it doesn't cook out the alcohol and the flavor is still there. Also once i pour the granola onto the baking sheets, i sprinkle more brown sugar on top so that it gives it more of a crisp crunch after it is done baking and had time to cool... its good that way. I always add extra bran, no one can tell, use as little oil as I can get away with to keep it healthy, and just throw in whatever is laying around the kitchen for the mixins.. no batch is ever the same. VERY GOOD.
I used this recipe for my first time granola making. It's TOTALLY AWESOME! There is no reason why to say 'no' to this recipe. Of course, I did as advised by other buyers - to reduce the sweetness. I used half cup of homemade unsweetened apple sauce with half cup of canola oil. And then 1 cup of honey and that's it. The sweetness is just nice. It's so good. I really love pecans in the recipe! You shouldn't take them out as they are the 'lucky bombs' when you eat this with your low fat milk/yogurt. Sadly, I am suffering from some fingers enzeama which is caused by oats.. Still, I cannot say 'no' to this granola.