mix and munch October 6, 2008

Granola3I like to think I am a pretty food savvy girl. I really do. Ask me to make just about anything…and I can. I also manage to have my own ideas and make up my own recipes from time to time. So how is it that I have never managed to think of the idea of making my own granola…until now?

See…it’s something that I have always loved – in every shape and form. In post after post, I’ve prattled on about my love of things that combine crunchy, salty, sweet, and sour. Ummm…hello?  That’s the very definition of granola! I had been spoiled by the stuff that Big Sky Bread Company makes…but surely I could at least come close to that level of yumminess.

I honestly didn’t know where to start…so I hit the Internet looking for a recipe I felt I could build on and customize. I also wanted to try and eliminate some of the so-bad-but-thats-what-makes-it-taste-so-good parts of most of the recipes I had come across.

Katie Lee Joel (I still don’t know what I think about her but her granola is darned yummy, so at least there is that) contributed a recipe to Domino  that looked like a good springboard for making my own flavor combination. I omitted the coconut – I’m kind of meh about it – and mixed up my own recipe using dried papaya, dried cranberries, and cashews. This stuff was delicious – and I was able to bake it a crispier level of doneness than most commercially-available granola. You can seriously use any mixture of fruits and nuts with the base of this granola and come out a winner – my next batch is going to have dried blueberries and almonds in it, for sure.

Katie Lee Joel’s Low-Fat Granola – makes 8 cups – recipe originally found here

    * 3 cups rolled oats
    * ½ cup unsalted hulled sunflower seeds
    * ½ cup unsalted hulled pumpkin seeds
    * ½ cup flaked coconut
    * ¼ cup wheat germ
    * 1 ½ cups chopped unsalted mixed nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, etc.)
    * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    * ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    * 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter or canal oil
    * 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
    * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    * 1 cup chopped mixed dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, dates, apricots, figs, prunes, etc.)

– Preheat over to 350º. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, coconut, wheat germ, nuts, cinnamon, and salt. In a small saucepan melt butter in the maple syrup over low heat. Stir in the vanilla. Add to the oat mixture. Add 2 tablespoons water and stir until well combined. Spread the granola evenly on a large baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at 10-minute intervals to ensure uniform baking, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool in the pan. Stir in the dried fruits. Store in an air-tight container.



RecipeGirl Oct 6, 2008 09:10 am

I’m with you… I recently discovered how wonderful homemade granola is and can’t believe I had never tried making it sooner!
Your (Katie’s) version sounds wonderful. I’m a little iffy about coconut too.

ann Oct 6, 2008 07:10 pm

This recipe looks so great, I really hate to be the one to mention that it’s actually 60% fat! There’s just no way to have all those yummy nuts & seeds without stacking up the fat grams… My count on this (using fitday.com) came to 455 calories, and a whopping 32g fat per 1 C serving. Obviously you could cut that to a 1/2 C serving, but 16g of fat is still going to do a number on your day’s intake!
I’m bummed, b/c it looks soooo good!

Hilary Oct 6, 2008 07:10 pm

I love that photo! YUM.

Megan Oct 6, 2008 08:10 pm

this photo caught my eye-looks like some great granola! any version that has that much dried fruit is definitely a winner in my book :)

hannah Oct 13, 2008 12:10 pm

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Nikki Oct 13, 2008 05:10 pm

I don’t know how I feel about Katie Lee Joel either, Tami. I’ve never made granola…I’ll have to book mark this and see what happens.

Haley Nov 6, 2008 02:11 pm

What a great photo! Then again, all of your photos look wonderful!
I’m not a coconut fan either, but this recipe sounds great!

Lars@grydeskeen Dec 9, 2008 01:12 am

Yummy, so easy, so delicious.
Coconut should be eaten raw, or shredded in cakes. Not baked alone.
Looking forward to your next post.. whenever that will be.

Emily Dec 24, 2008 09:12 am

Hi Tami,
You should let your readers know that Bren Hererra is giving away stuff on her blog, including a pressure cooker and chocolate ganache. The link is: