Breakfast, Food

Homemade Cinnamon Granola

As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a long hiatus.  I was originally intending to start blogging again full force the beginning of April.  However, that has obviously not happened.  In addition to moving at the end of March, I also found out that I am pregnant!!  It was a wonderful surprise, but I have been much more sluggish lately as a result, and didn’t really feel like starting up the blog again.  I kept thinking about blogging though, because I’ve found some scrumptious recipes in the last month and hate not sharing them!  I’ve decided to attempt to post one entry per week.  It seems like a manageable goal, and who knows, I may surprise you some weeks with 2 entries! 🙂

Back to the blog…

It took me a while to find a good granola recipe that I liked.  First, I made some granola bars.  However, they were mostly a fail because the granola didn’t stick together well enough to stay in bars.  It wasn’t a complete disaster however, because I actually liked the flavor of the granola bars, even if they didn’t press together well.  After scouring many granola recipes, I came up with my own granola recipes, which is a combination of many that I read.

This is a no-fuss, quick granola.  It doesn’t require any hard-to-find ingredients such as flax seed or wheat germ. (Although if you have those ingredients on-hand, by all means, feel free to add them to your granola!) I love to make up a batch and store for a quick breakfast.  I eat it like cereal with milk, but you could add it to your yogurt, fruit, whatever!

Stir together the oats, almonds, and coconut flakes.

Heat brown sugar, honey, oil, cinnamon and salt over low heat until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and add in vanilla extract.

 

Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and stir for several minutes until thoroughly combined and granola is slightly clumpy.
Pour granola into a lined baking sheet.  Bake for 20-25 until toasted.  Remove from oven, press craisins into granola and let cool.
Enjoy by itself, with milk, yogurt, fruit, etc!

Homemade Cinnamon Granola
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not the quick-cooking type)
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 scant teaspoon salt
1/2 cup craisins (or raisins, whatever dried fruit you like)

1. Mix oats, almonds and coconut flakes together in large bowl.
2. In small saucepan, heat brown sugar, honey, oil, cinnamon and salt over low heat.  Stir until brown sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
3. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and mix to coat well.  It may take several minutes to get it coated since there’s not a lot of honey mixture.  Granola should be slightly sticky/clumpy and not dry looking.  Pour mixture onto a parchment-lined (or use a silpat mat) baking sheet and spread evenly.
4. Bake in preheated 325 oven for 20-25 minutes.  Stir once halfway through baking.  The goal is to simply toast the granola, so be careful to make sure it doesn’t burn.
5. Remove baking sheet from oven.  Stir in craisins and and press granola into baking sheet.  Let it cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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