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October 07, 2006

Granola Recipes To Try

I usually make variations of Chunky Granola or Mollie Katzen's Dry Roasted Granola. One of my Saturday projects is to make several batches of granola to stock up for the next several weeks.

I googled granola recipes because I wanted to introduce variety beyond my usual experimentations, and I'm posting them here both to share to add to my Computer Cookbook.

Maple Granola

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees:

Dump into a big bowl, and stir until the oats are evenly coated:

10 cups rolled oats
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup real maple syrup

As with the other granolas I posted about, spread it all out on a
large cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, taking it out every five
minutes to stir it around, and keep it in an airtight container
shortly after taking it out of the oven, so it stays very crunchy.

You wouldn't believe how good this was! If you're reading this and
thinking "that sounds too sweet for cereal", well, think of it as a
snack then -- it's very crispy and when you're crunching it up in your mouth it really does taste like you're eating some kind of fancy maple cookie.

TulipGirl's Notes: I added wheatgerm and flax seed to the oats, and used a little less maple syrup, because I didn't want to run out for our next pancake day.

Gingersnap Granola Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6 cups

3 cups oat bran
2 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
2 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons light or dark molasses
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon-
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 15-by-10-inch jelly roll pan or rimmed baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine oat bran and oats; mix well and set aside.

Put margarine in 2-cup microwavable bowl. Microwave on high (1 00 percent power) 30 to 45 seconds or until melted. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Drizzle over combined cereals, stirring until evenly coated; spread evenly in pan.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool granola in pan on wire rack. Store tightly covered.

TulipGirl's Note: I added chopped candied ginger to this recipe, too.

Homespun Granola

1 1/2 cups Old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup raisins or dried fruit

Mix oats, nuts, coconut & cinnamon in ungreased baking pan. Combine melted butter, honey and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients. Bake 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven, stirring every 10 minutes. When evenly golden-colored, remove from pan, add raisins. Store tightly.

TulipGirl's Notes: Did variations on this including Almond/Blueberry and Coconut/Soy Nut/Pineapple.

I like to shop at Bulk-N-Natural, a store in the Mennonite section of the city. They have a natropath on hand, which is nice for getting "Yes, that's really nothing to worry about" answers when I have obscure questions about the boys. I sometimes get organic oats, but usually my pocketbook wins and I simply get the bulk oats or bulk quick oats. I also buy my almonds, dried fruits, wheatgerm and other granola ingredients there. I want to support local businesses and be careful with our budget.


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Are any of these the really fattening, chunky kind? All of my granolas are great but none of them stay in chunks and I've been looking for that kind. I, too, put crystallized ginger in my granolas- yum!

Posted by: Molly at October 7, 2006 10:49 PM

The Chunky Granola recipe really DOES stay in chunks. It's low-fat, though, in that it uses honey and hot water as a binder, and bakes longer.


Posted by: TulipGirl at October 8, 2006 01:06 AM

I hope to try that first recipe sometime. I have made granola before, and we all like maple sugar at my house, so it sounds like a winner!

Posted by: Lynn at October 11, 2006 12:06 PM

we have had fabulous results with granolas that use whole wheat flour, as far as chunkiness goes...
im gonna try the gingersnap with crystalized ginger...but add nuts

Posted by: meggan at October 12, 2006 08:10 PM

Making your Homespun Granola today. Can't wait to try it.

Posted by: Everyday Mommy at October 14, 2006 11:15 AM

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