The Glory of Granola

“Little bunny foo-foo,

hopping through the forest

Scooping up the field mice,

and bopping ’em on the head…”

– Children’s song

IMG_5101The only thing better than homemade muesli is homemade granola. My super cousin just happened to send me her version of granola a few weeks ago when I was coincidentally in the market for a recipe. Thanks Arlene! Had I known it was this easy and delicious, I would have made my own granola eons ago.

The great thing about baking from scratch, is that you can adjust the sweetness to your liking and adapt the ingredients to what makes you happy. I like this recipe just as it is, but if you think it is too sweet, Arlene recommends to simply reduce or omit the sugar. Oh and as the granola cools from the oven, your inner child gets a moment to create different fun shapes for the occasion. Happy Easter! Or as they say in Germany, Frohe Ostern!

Homemade GranolaArlene’s Homemade Granola

Makes 4 cups

Basic recipe

3 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)

1 cup sliced almonds

1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey or Agave syrup)

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

Optional “add ons” as suggested by Arlene (her personal faves):

  • toasted sesame seeds
  • Ceylon cinnamon
  • ground flax
  • hemp hearts
  • toasted unsweetened coconut
  • semi sweet chocolate chips
  • mixed nuts such as pecans and walnuts
  • roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • goji berries
  • chopped organic dates
  • the options are endless…

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 ℉ / 160 ℃.
Pour the oats, salt, sugar and almonds into a bowl; stir to combine.
In a small microwaveable bowl, combine maple syrup and coconut oil; heat for 40 seconds. Stir to dissolve the coconut oil and add the vanilla, if using.

DSC03238Pour the coconut oil mixture over the oats mixture and stir so that they are evenly coated. It may be easier to use your hands to mix.

DSC03240Pour the oats evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake the mixture for 5 minutes and stir. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Do this process for a total of 20 minutes, stirring the mixture about 4 times until oats are lightly brown and fragrant. Remove granola from oven. Allow the granola to cool off the baking sheet.

DSC03245While waiting for the granola to bake, lightly toast sesame seeds and coconut. Stir, about 2 minutes, being careful it does not burn. Remove from pan. Sprinkle and stir in cinnamon, toasted coconut and toasted sesame over the granola. After the granola cools completely, break the granola into clusters and store in an airtight container.

DSC03243Arlene likes to puts her add ons when she eats her cereal but I went ahead and lightly toasted pecans and walnuts for about 3 minutes. My pan is the worst! It burns everything. It’s time to shop for a new pan.

DSC03251I roughly chopped the nuts and added them to the granola. I forgot to remove my granola from the baking sheet so they continued to brown as they cooled.

granola collageAnyway, I had so much fun making all kinds of shapes suitable for the season. Who knew I could be so easily entertained with granola!?!

Enjoy with milk of your choice, over greek yogurt or muesli with fresh-cut fruit.

“Hare today, goon tomorrow.”

Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “The Glory of Granola

  1. Happy Easter, Arlene! Thanks again for this recipe. We are really loving granola in the mornings. Recently, I have been enjoying it over plain greek yogurt, topped with fresh strawberries and bananas.

    Great tip about the sweeteners so I have made the edit in hopes that it makes a little more sense. Enjoy the Easter holiday! xo

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  2. Happy Easter Vern, am glad you liked the granola recipe. You might want to before specific re the sweetener of choice.

    I hope your readers don’t think to mix all the sweeteners together(agave or honey or maple syrup) also they can omit the sugar if its too sweet. I like them toasty. I also like the bunny shapes.

    You are so creatively clever.
    Love and hugs.😊❤️❤️❤️

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