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Monday, August 18, 2014

Nutty Homemade Granola


Lavende&Lemonade | Nutty Homemade Granola

This granola is amazing sprinkled over yogurt.  We eat it for dessert!  Or, put a ribbon around the mason jar and it makes an adorable hostess, teacher, or DIY holiday gift.


However you decide to enjoy it - for breakfast or with dessert - this nutty is fun to make and a clean, budget-friendly alternative to buying pre-made granola in the stores.  

It looks like a lot of ingredients, but this granola is incredibly easy to toss together!  The measurements are simple, so its a great one to make with the kids.  

I make this granola using just a 1 cup measuring cup and a 1 tsp measuring spoon.  A little more of this or a little more of that on a whim, staying fairly close to the recipe proportions. The quantities are wonderfully forgiving, and can be swapped out for your favorite combination.

This recipe is my winner after a lot of trial and error, but other versions have included coconut, sunflower seeds, or raisins...depending on what happened to be in the pantry.  Get creative with your add-ins!  Just remember to add dried fruits in the last step, otherwise they'll dry out.


Nutty Homemade Granola



Ingredients:


Dry ingredients:

- 4 cups whole rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups nuts, roughly chopped (I use 1/2 cup each of walnuts, pecans, and almonds)
- 1/2 cup flax seeds
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1 1/2 tsp salt

Lavende&Lemonade | Nutty Homemade Granola
Wet ingredients:

- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract



Preheat the oven to 300 F and grease a large baking sheet (I often end up splitting it onto two, it gives the granola more room on the pan and the final result has a little more crunch).

Start with a giant bowl and add the dry ingredients.  The bowl fills up quickly, and overflows with a standard mixing bowl.


Mix all the ingredients together, making sure the brown sugar is broken up and all the spices are fairly well integrated.

Then, in a second bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.  Pour the syrupy mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir well until the granola is evenly moist.


Pour the raw granola mix onto one or two greased baking sheets and put into the 300 degree oven.  


Bake for 20 minutes, then stir and bake for another 20 minutes.  If you're wanting to add raisins or other dried fruits, this is the time to do it.  

If you're using 2 baking sheets, 40 minutes should be plenty for a nicely toasted granola.  If you put everything onto one sheet it will usually take 50 or so minutes.  





Let the granola cool thoroughly, then put into mason jars for storage or gifting!


Enjoy!   



Lavende&Lemonade | Nutty Homemade Granola


47 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! This is definitely on my to-make list (minus the walnuts due to my son's allergy).

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  2. Glad you'll be giving it a try! I've tried dozens of versions of granola and this is by far my favorite. If your sun is allergic to walnuts but not other nuts, try swapping them out for more almonds and pecans...I do the same sometimes depending on what happens to be in the cupboard :)

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  3. Oh, I'm always down to try a new granola recipe!

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  4. Do you know how to make it where it's sticky? Like bark almost?

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  5. I am a BIG granola fan, but I have never made my own before. I should try this.

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  6. This looks lovely! I'm trying to find a new breakfast suggestion for my toddler and something healthy like this could really work. I think he needs a break from porridge, fresh raspberries and blueberries once and awhile. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Love granola! This recipe looks yummy.

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  8. I love granola, especially with greek yogurt and berries. Always willing to try new recipes.

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  9. This looks like my DREAM granola. YUM! Definitely pinning this recipe for later

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  10. That looks DELICIOUS! I have all of the ingredients except wheat germ, so I may need to run to the store this afternoon!

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  11. I forgot how much I love homemade granola! Thanks for the reminder and the recipe :)

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  12. It looks amazing, although I am diabetic so I'd have to eliminate the sugar. It probably wouldn't taste the same. Maybe I'll try it for those few I don't gift but want to give them more than a card.

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  13. All your recipes always look amazing, now if only I had time to start making some! :)

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  14. LOVE granola! Especially over yogurt!

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  15. This looks super yummy! Can't wait to try this recipe out for myself <3

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  16. looks good and nutritious.. we are granola maniacs in our house.

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  17. Mmm, this sounds good! I've been wanting to make my own granola. I'm wanting to do something for Fall, maybe pumpkin.

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  18. That sounds delicious. Now I want it to be breakfast time already! :-)

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  19. Yummy I love granola! Might try making some this weekend!

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  20. This sounds great! I would love it on some yogurt.

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  21. I would love to make this. My daughter can't have nuts, but I could make hers without.

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  22. Yum! I've never attempted to make my own but I might just give it a try! I think it would be perfect in my yogurt or as a snack!

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  23. I haven't had yogurt after becoming vegan... it just doesn't sound appealing., but with this amazing homemade granola, I'll give it a try. Thank you!

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  24. I was just looking for a granola recipe - Thank you!

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  25. I can never have enough homemade granola recipes, thank you for sharing! I love granola with yogurt.

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  26. Yummm! I bet my kids would go crazy for this!

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  27. I love granola and so do my kids. This paired with yogurt would be delish. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Oh yum! I've always wanted to make my own granola. It's pretty uncomplicated. I think I would add coconut to mine. I like how the recipe can be versatile too.

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  29. I am not a big granola fan, but teenage daughters are. I have to show them this. They love making their own stuff.

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  30. This looks like such a yummy healthy snack for us to add to our yogert bowls too! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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  31. Oh yummy! I'd love to sprinkle this over some yogurt!

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  32. Looks so good. Will be trying this when it cools down!

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  33. Yum!!! Granola & Fall are a perfect combo!

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  34. This sounds so yummy! I've been super into granola lately but never tried making my own. I'll put this on my to-make list :)

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  35. This looks so good! We love granola, but I've never made it myself.

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  36. Pinning! I can't wait to try your granola! It looks perfect on some yogurt in the mornings. :)

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  37. mmm.. I love making granola. I'll definitely try this recipe. There are so many ways to make it. Thanks for the share :)

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  38. that looks great. granola is so good.

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  39. This looks delish
    , I love granola!

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  40. Mmmm this looks delicious! I've always wanted to make my own granola

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  41. This sounds delicious. My older boy has been really into granola lately.

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  42. Yum, this granola looks so good! I don't know why I haven't tried to make my own before

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  43. I love making my own granola but I've never thought of using it as a gift. Great idea!

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  44. Looks great! And easy! It would make a cute fall gift!

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