Nutty Granola

So I believe I mentioned before (in my homemade yogurt post) that I eat yogurt with granola on top every morning for breakfast. And, I make both at home. Mostly, it’s a money saving tactic; a pint of yogurt costs $3, and I can make as much as I want at home for the price of the milk. Same with the granola. I make enough to fit in a cereal box for about $2; a third of that amount is $5 at the grocery store. So, since the savings are significant, I spend the extra time each week to make my breakfast ahead of time.

Plus, the granola I make tastes better than anything I’ve ever bought at a store.

Pecan Granola

Ingredients:

  • 4C. quick oats
  • 1 1/2C. pecans
  • 1C. sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1/2C. milled flax seed
  • 1/2C. wheat germ
  • 1C. honey
  • 1/2C. olive oil
  • 1tsp. vanilla
  • 1Tbsp. cinnamon

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put all dry ingredients into a large bowl. I cannot stress that enough; make sure the bowl is large enough to hold everything.  This makes a lot and it’s hard to clean it off the counter, once it’s all mixed together (but I’m not speaking from experience, or anything…)

Note: If you did not buy chopped pecans, chop them before you add them to the dry ingredients. I use this handy little chopper thing that The Renaissance man bought for himself a few years ago. I stole it, and now it chops nuts on a weekly basis:

Note #2: if you are unfamiliar with wheat germ or flax seed, this is what they look like:

They are not necessary to this recipe. You can leave them out, but they add a lot of omega 3s and fiber to the granola. It is way healthier with them, and you can’t taste either one anyway, so what’s the harm?

Step 2: Once all the dry ingredients are mixed together, use a small bowl (or a large measuring cup if you’re me) and mix the honey, olive oil, vanilla, and cinnamon together to make a weird, dark brown paste. Pour said paste over the dry ingredients.

Step 3: With a spatula of some kind, summon all of your arm strength and stir everything together until all the dry ingredients are coated. This takes a while. If your arms get tired, take a break. It will look like this once everything’s coated:

Step 4: spread the granola onto a large baking sheet and press it down. If you like big chunks in your granola (I do) press it firmly.

Step 5: Bake the granola for 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven and stir it around carefully. Press it back into the pan.

Step 6: bake for 15 more minutes, or until it is dark golden-brown.

Step 7: Whatever you do, don’t cool the granola in the pan. It will magically adhere to the baking pan, making it necessary to throw out the granola and the pan. I am not kidding. This has happened. Remove to paper towel lined plates, or a container. I use a large tupperware container lined with paper towels and separate it into two layers, pressing each layer into the container.

Once it has cooled completely, transfer to a sealed container. Serve with yogurt, with milk, or snack out of the container.

Your can adjust the amounts of things, or substitute things like sunflower seeds or dried fruits for 1/2 the pecans. Make it your own, and let me know what things you added; I’m always open to suggestions!

The Wife

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10 thoughts on “Nutty Granola

  1. Does the coconut leave a flavor? And if I don’t like any type of nut whatsover, can you replace all the pecans with fruit or seeds? Sounds like something I might try once I move back into civilization and can go to a real grocery store to get ingredients.

    • You can’t really taste the coconut, but you can replace it with something you like better. The only things that can’t be replaced are the oats, oil, and honey. If you experiment, let me know what you do!

  2. You can replace the oil and honey, I use a pint of homemade apple butter for my syrup. It brings down the fat content for my weight loss plan. I have to bake it a little longer but it is just as good as the traditional variety.

  3. I added cashew butter almonds and craisins. It turned out pretty good. Next time I may try almond butter also. And I added 1cup of flax seed instead of the wheat germ because of gluten allergies. I love the idea of applesauce.

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