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    Senior Member cdttmm's Avatar
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    Granola recipes wanted!

    I'd really like to try making homemade granola. I've looked at a number of recipes in cookbooks and online, but I thought I would ask for tried and true recipes from all of you. Also, any suggestions or tips as to how to add/subtract/substitute various ingredients would be greatly appreciated.

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    Senior Member Rosemary's Avatar
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    Here's my granola:
    8 c old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 T cinnamon
    1/4 c canola oil
    1/4 c honey
    Mix dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients; mix well. Bake at 300 for about 40 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring gently after 20 minutes.

    That is bare-bones granola. I usually add fruit & nuts as I eat it because DD doesn't like it mixed together. It's better to add the fruit & nuts after baking anyway, as otherwise they are too 'toasted.' Or you could add them for the last 10-15 minutes for light toasting. This is also the time to add coconut. I prefer the larger unsweetened flakes for use in granola.

    Some good combinations are
    blueberry-sunflower seed
    ...well, really, I've not had any bad combinations.

    I usually use even less oil + honey than this. It might not seem like enough, but it's the difference between candy-sweet granola and breakfast food, and is sufficient to lightly coat each flake. This is a flakey granola, not a clumpy one. Clumpy granolas use a lot of sweetener and/or oil to make the grains clump. I sometimes use applesauce for that purpose instead: 1 c applesauce in place of the honey + oil above.

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    Senior Member CathyA's Avatar
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    I got this recipe out out "Bon Appetit" several years ago, and its great!
    It makes alot.

    6 cups old fashioned oats
    2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
    1 c. brown sugar
    1 c. sliced almonds
    1 c. chopped walnuts
    1 c. dry nonfat milk powder
    1/2 c. sunflower seeds
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 c. vegetable oil
    1 c. water
    1/2 c. honey
    1 1/2 tsp vanilla
    1 1/2 tsp maple extract (optional....I don't use)

    Preheat oven to 300 F.
    -Add dry ingredients in a big pan
    -Whisk oil, water, honey and extracts and stir into dry ingredients
    -Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
    -Store in airtight container at room temp.

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    Senior Member Acorn's Avatar
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    I usually use about about 1 1/2 cups of hot water mixed with a 1 1/2 cups of splenda and add some molasses to the mixture - stir it all up and pour over oats (as much oats as well cover a baking sheet) and a generous cup of oat bran. Add spices to taste and bake in the oven until desired crispness. Add extras such as nuts/fruit to taste. This will be chunky granola if you let it bake until it is crunchy and then break it up.

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    Senior Member Azure's Avatar
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    I made this for the first time last week & it got gobbled right up. I will probably reduce the amount of brown sugar next time. But oh it was good!

    Dee's Dark Chocolate Granola

    1/2 Cup brown sugar
    2 Tbsp. peanut butter
    2 Tbsp. honey
    2 Tbps. butter flavored spread
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    2 Cups oats
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 C dark chocolate chips
    1/4 C dried cranberries (optional)
    1/4 C sliced almonds (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350f. Line a 9x13 baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
    Melt together the brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, butter flavored spread, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until well combined & remove from heat.
    Combine the oats, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Pour the brown sugar mixture into bowl. Stir well to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips, cranberries & almonds. spoon into prepared pan; pat down & spread evenly.
    Bake until browned 15-20 minutes.

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    out in the sticks by Abilene, KS
    I use Oregon Cottage Granola recipe:

    Oregon Cottage's Best Granola

    • 1/2 c. brown sugar or sucanat
    • 1/2 cup oil (olive or coconut)
    • 1 c. honey (using 1/2 maple syrup adds a good flavor, too)
    • 1 TB. vanilla
    • 8 c. rolled oats or other rolled grains
    • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds or other nuts
    • 1/2 c. total of any of the following: ground flax seed, wheat germ, wheat or oat bran.
    • 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 c. dried fruit (optional)
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Mix sugar, oil, and honey in a saucepan until dissolved.
    3. Meanwhile, mix all the dry ingredients (except the fruit, if using) in a lightly oiled large roasting pan.
    4. Pour the sugar mixture over the dry ingredients, stirring until evenly coated.
    5. Bake for 10 minutes, stir, then bake for 10 to 15 minutes more.
    6. Remove from oven and add dried fruit, if using. Let cool about 20 minutes before stirring once or twice and letting cool completely.
    7. Store in an airtight container.
    8. Makes about 10 cups.
    The addition of the flour makes it clump better.
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    Senior Member cdttmm's Avatar
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    Wow - thanks for all the great recipes! Keep 'em coming! I'm going to embark on this project for the first time later today, so I will report back as to my level of success!

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    Oh my! Awesome ideas/recipes everybody! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! And what a timely thread topic, too, now that the cold weather is here.

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    My recipe:

    Mix 5 c old fashioned oats with 1/2 c maple syrup and 1/3 c canola oil. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Add nuts and fruit after cooking - I use about a cup of each.

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    Senior Member fidgiegirl's Avatar
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    I have made several batches of Rosemary's recipe now and really, really, really like it. It is not too sweet and I mix with plain yogurt and fruit, typically bananas. Maybe this week I will have to start using it with some strawberries I have in the freezer. Yum!

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