Sunday, March 31, 2013

Simply Delicious Homemade Granola Recipe

I posted a recipe a couple months ago for an orange spiced granola that is super yummy. That was the first homemade granola that I had ever made. Since then, I have been experimenting with different variations of homemade granola. I have made a batch of granola almost every weekend since I made the orange-spiced granola, and Greg and I enjoy it for breakfast and snacking during the weekdays. Greg and I agree that the simply delicious granola is so delicious because of the cinnamon and coconut. I also decided that this granola recipe could use some coarse sea salt and coarse sugar because I like to incorporate those ingredients into everything ever since making the truffles with coarse sea salt and sugar! Granola is such a simple snack to make and you can enjoy it at any time of the day. Serve it over yogurt, with milk, over ice cream, in a smoothie (I tried it and it's awesome), on top of butternut squash or pumpkin soup (also tried this and it's amazing), or plain. Enjoy!

Recipe for Simply Delicious Homemade Granola 

3 cups of rolled oats (such as Quaker Oats)
1 cup of raw almonds
3/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of sweetened flaked coconut
3 Tbsp. of canola oil or canola/olive oil blend
1/2 cup of honey
4 Tbsp. of pure maple syrup
3/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
A pinch or two of coarse sea salt
1/4 tsp. of coarse sugar
3/4 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of white chocolate or chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together all of the ingredients except for the salt, sugar, raisins, and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Use a spoon to mix the ingredients until they are well incorporated and the honey, oil, and syrup have coated the entire mixture. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the coarse sugar and coarse sea salt evenly over the granola. Place baking sheet in oven and cook for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, take granola out and toss gently with a spoon. Adjust oven temperature to 310 degrees and place granola back in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes (leave in longer if you want granola to be more toasted). Remove from oven, stir gently, and let granola cool completely.
Once granola is cooled, stir in the raisins and white chocolate or chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe makes approximately 24 (1/4 cup) servings.