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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Homemade Granola

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I usually don't keep granola in the pantry, but I do make it when we have house guests and during Lent when it helps the Silver Fox keep his sugar cravings in check. This very simple version is easy to make and while it is high in calories, portion control and will power help keep love handles under control and make it possible for me to keep it on hand. This recipe was developed by Sara Quessenberry who co-authored The Good Neighbor Cookbook while living on the 46th floor of a high-rise in New York City. While that irony always makes me smile, her recipes are spot on and I'm really comfortable in recommending her book and the recipes she developed while working at Real Simple magazine to you. The great advantage to making your own granola is that you can control what goes into it. I like this version because it uses maple syrup rather than sugar to sweeten the oat and nut mixture. I think you'll like it, too. It will keep for up to a month if stored in an air-tight container. Here's how it is made.

Homemade Granola ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Sara Quessenberry

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened)
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dried fruit (such as cherries, cranberries, raisins, or currants)


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss oats, almonds, coconut, and sunflower seeds together with maple syrup, oil, and salt on a rimmed baking Sheet. Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Add the dried fruit and toss to combine. Let cool. Yield: 6 cups.

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bellini said...

I like the idea of being able to control what we put into our granola Mary. I am sure it is much better than what can be bought in a package.

Ginny said...

I used to make my own granola in the early seventies, and it was really good.

Angie's Recipes said...

Homemade granola is the ONLY granola I eat. Thanks for sharing, Mary.

Noelle said...

That granola looks simple enough! YUM!

Gloria said...

Look absolutely delicious Mary,Love it! Happy Valentines day!

Jenn said...

I keep threatening to make my own granola for years now.. don't know what stops me each time... must rectify that!

June said...

I'm pretty sure we won't have to worry about storing it for very long. It will be gone in a heartbeat and I won't share either. LOL.

Arthur in the Garden! said...

Love this recipe! I will make it tonight!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

I love Granola with Yogurt and Fresh Fruit. Thanks for dropping in to see me Mary. xx

Kath said...

I love using maple syrup or honey to sweeten granola. Your version looks great!

Jenn @ You know... that Blog? said...

How serendipitous! I was just about to look for a good granola recipe when I came across your post! "Great minds", and all that, eh? Thanks, Mary!

France@beyondthepeel said...

So simple and so yummy. We never buy it anymore. It's way better homemade. I especially love that your recipe highlights the simplicity of it all.

Rosemary said...

I was on a roll making Ina Garten's granola bars for awhile (perhaps it was last Lent!) so I still have many if the ingredients. My own gray (not silver) fox thanks you for sharing!

teresa said...

beautiful! i love a good homemade granola!

Kim G. said...

I love to prepare my granola as it is much better and it's much much cheaper. Like your version!

Katz Tales said...

Love this stuff but without the honey.

tender b. said...

Great idea to add some coconut to the granola. I'm a fan of any homemade granola.

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