I'm sick and tired of overly-sweetened oil filled granola masquerading as health food. Gimme my granola straight up healthy! Only problem is- I cannot seem to find a basic recipe to start experimenting with. Any suggestions? Thank you kindly!
Here's mine. I had the same problem as you, so I completely distorted a bunch of recipes and this is what I came up with. This is 4 cups, but you can easily divide in half. The process involves assembling the ingredients and baking them on a small cookie sheet for about 20 minutes. Easy!!
2 cups of oats
1 cup of nuts, coconut, and/or dried fruit (use what you have)
1 cup of (1/3 each) canola oil, liquid sweetener (like molasses, or my favorite – agave syrup) and honey (most recipes call for heating these together before adding to the oats, but it really doesn’t make much of a difference in the end).
Healthy option – add couple of tablespoons of wheat germ
The total amount of ingredients comes to 4 cups, so if you make it in a large measuring cup, you don’t need to use another bowl.
Stir together and spread it out into a greased small cookie sheet, so it is about an inch or so high. The taller the mixture, the larger the clumps you will have in the end.
Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes depending on how deep the mixture is.
Don’t let it brown in the oven. It may become somewhat golden in color, however. It will be slightly wet and soft when you take it out, but as it cools (on a cool day, stick it outside), it will harden into the granola you are familiar with.
I try to take it out in the largest pieces possible, so that it is chunky, but you can break it up however you like. Store in a sealed container or baggie.
Would love to know how it works for you!
My personal stash is:
It’s all optional, except the oats.
4 Cups Rolled Oats
2 Cups (Rolled) Triticale (and/or rye or other grain)
2 Cups almonds, chopped
1 Cup cashews (and/or pepitas or...)
1 Cup sunflower seeds
2-3 Tsp cinnamon
2 Tsp allspice, ground
2 Tsp nutmeg, ground
2 Tsp cloves, ground
1 Pinch Salt
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Maple Syrup (grade B works well)
1/3 cup Malt Syrup (or 4 tbsp honey)
1⁄2 Cup oil
1⁄2 Cup milk
1 Cup Dried Cranberries, chopped
1⁄2 Cup Dried Blueberries, chopped
1⁄2 cup Dried Figs (chopped)
any other fruit as desired
Mix liquids and spices. Stir to coat grains and allow to soak into grains until patience is exceeded; usually a couple of hours.
Stir in nuts.
Bake in a shallow pan @ 350 ° F. until crunchy and medium brown, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
When toasted, remove from oven and add berries to top of toasted granola and allow to cool.
Store in bottle or other airtight container.
Makes about 30 servings.