Homemade Granola

18 Aug

Recipe courtesy of Kiss My Spatula

4 cups organic rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts or pecans
1 cup shredded coconut
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/3 cup good honey
1/3 cup apple juice or apple cider
1 cup dried cranberries (or any favorite dried fruit)

Yields 7-8 cups.

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice, and salt. Whisk together the oil, honey, and water in a small bowl or in a measuring cup.
2. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are evenly coated. Spread the granola onto a large sheet pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until it turns an even golden brown, about 30-40 minutes. 
3. Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally. Add the dried cranberries. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.

I am a self-declared granola connoisseur. My pantry hosts numerous boxes of various granolas, all crammed side-by-side in a line, as though nervously awaiting my judgement. Having sampled countless variations of this hearty breakfast item, I can confidently say that this homemade granola takes the cake in every category: taste, consistency, and healthiness. Packed with hidden preservatives and sugars, store-bought granola does not live up to its healthy reputation and leaves you unsatisfied after the meal. My homemade version maintains a tasty, nutritious combination of flavors and provides you with a strong boost of energy to start the day. Each spoonful contains crunchy, golden brown oats and nuts, chewy dried cranberries and tender wisps of coconut, all coated in a subtle layer of honey and brown sugar. Served with sliced bananas and milk, granola simply cannot get any better.


33 Responses to “Homemade Granola”

  1. CutestPrincess August 18, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    looks so yummy again… http://xitsagirlthingx.blogspot.com

  2. Nina Morena August 18, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    This looks delicious, I should try it one day!xoxonina.com

  3. Kotryna August 18, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    OMG sooooo delicious!!!!

  4. City Girl August 18, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    oh, they seem so delicious!!! definately going to try it!! thanks also for your lovely comment!!

  5. Sara August 18, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    this is SUCH a good picture. props to whoever took it, you guys are incredible.

  6. Michelle Lee August 18, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    looks amazing and thanks for following me back :)pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

  7. Roberta August 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Sounds good!www.75dias75looks.blogspot.com

  8. Kotryna August 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Thanks for visiting me! im following you too:D

  9. Bianca S. Steckelmacher August 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    that look sooooo good!

  10. Kotryna August 19, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    Im following you for a long time ago, by the way, so thats why you can't see me on follwers. Also im following in private πŸ™‚

  11. Lizzy August 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Yummy yummy granola πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing! Looks so yummy πŸ™‚ Granolas are always good snacks :)xoxolizzy

  12. Maria August 20, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    Hi,Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving sweet comment. Anyway, I haven't tasted a granola yet,but it seems delicioso, πŸ™‚ and yes,im following you.. care to follow back?xoxo

  13. Ioana Liliana August 20, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    I LOVE granola, and this one looks yummy!β™₯Fashezine

  14. Maria August 20, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Followed you already πŸ™‚ check it out.

  15. Qhule August 20, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Thanx for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment. I love your food blog, you have amazing recipes.Im now following, would love it if you followed back:))))

  16. N August 20, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    looks sooo good! I'll definitely try it :)thanks for your comment, I'm following you!:)Hope you'll follow back :)xxxN

  17. Modafobik August 20, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Oh look delicious! :))Followed you, check out my blog? :)Modafobik.

  18. Les filles aux cheveux blonds August 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    No better way to start a day than eating this for breakfast! You've got some great recipes and very nice pictures!

  19. Ramona August 21, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    You have great blog darling! I checked it and now I'm so hungry. Seriously.Too much yummy food.β™₯xoxo Ra

  20. K. Cruz August 21, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Oh! So glad I found your blog, I love food!

  21. Diane August 21, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    YUM! your blog is killing me!!StyleCeviche.blogspot.comx

  22. Michelle's Style File August 21, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    YUM! This looks great.xMichellehttp://www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

  23. chrysa August 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    They seem so delicious! I browsed through your blog, it is so full of colors and wonderful recipes:) I love food!I am now following you on Bloglovin and Google, I would love it if you followed me back!ChrysaStories and Sequins

  24. zizi bloom August 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Nice post!Love your blog!thanks for your comment!Follow me if you like my blog let me know it,and I'll follow you back. :)ziziwww.zizibloom.blogspot.com

  25. My Style Vision August 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Yummy! I'll try this recipe! Thanks for sharing looks delicious!I'm your new follower!

  26. zizi bloom August 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    i follow you back!ziziwww.zizibloom.blogspot.com

  27. Kristal August 22, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    definitly giving this recipe a go! big fan of granola xxhttp://thegypsyandthefox.blogspot.com/

  28. Kathy August 22, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    Hi Maral!Looks very interesting and delicious.You're a good cook.Is fun to learn about making a new good eating.I like whenever you visit my blog.Thank you.Your friend,Kathy

  29. Jessica August 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

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  30. Violoniste August 23, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Looks fantastic! Your closeup photography is amazing. (Btw, I spent a few minutes today following a few blogs privately – I accidentally clicked on yours! I was really confused when I got your message, went to your blog, and saw that I was still following it. I had to check in my "dashboard," then I saw that it said I was following it privately. Still so new to blogger… sorry about that!)

  31. Lizzy August 23, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    I LOVE that photo! (and I love your granola…yum!)

  32. Cannella Vita January 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    So you know about my *slight* granola obsession at the moment during exams. I will have to give this a try! (another excuse to get away from this pile of math problems).

  33. Maral January 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Baking is the best form of procrastination! Let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚

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