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Mar 20, 2008 04:22 PM

Granola - can molasses be substituted for honey?

I want to make granola tonight... somehow seem to be out of honey. Can I substitute molasses as a coating with the oats? (I also have dark corn syrup, too, come to think of it).


ps- I'm using the recipe from Gourmet for the granola. Any other recipes I should try?

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    1. i would not do that if i were you, either the corn syrup or the molasses. maple syrup, if you have? white sugar will not work either. really, i think you will be sorry if you do that substitution.

      i make granola out of my head, no recipe. some things i include when the spirit strikes me:
      coconut, wheat germ, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, any nuts (almonds are best IMHO), any dried fruit (after baking of course), ginger, cinnamon, flax seeds.

      1. Do you like the taste of molasses as much as honey? Color? The honey provides some liquid and a lot of sweetening, without much color.

        There are not fixed requirements for granola. The simple home made version that I grewup with consisted of just butter, sugar, and oats - cooked in a skillet until the oats started to toast.

        If the recipe also has brown sugar, there is some molasses there. You could also make a simple sugar syrup, or a syrup seasoned to taste with some molasses.


        1. Thanks, all! I will curb my enthusiasm!

          5 Replies
          1. re: Tehama

            good decision. molasses is just too strong.

            1. re: Tehama

              I would definitely love to try molasses on my granola! I love the taste of molasses and think it could be good like that. Very high in Iron content. Did you ever try it? I was actually thinking of adding some ginger and making it like gingersnap granola... Yum!

              1. re: allybeth4

                I picked up some date molasses that is pleasantly mild and would use it. If all I had were Black Strap, I'd pass.

                1. re: allybeth4

                  I agree. If you like the taste of molasses why not Tehama? Gingersnap granola sounds great!

                  1. re: allybeth4

                    I've used molasses for granola a couple of times and loved it. I guess you just need to like molasses. Though, as someone else mentioned, I would not use blackstrap molasses.

                2. Here's a recipe for a Molasses Granola
                  1/4 to 1/2c molasses per 4 c of oats sounds about right, if you like molasses. I've made a Yorkshire style gingerbread, parkin, that uses that uses half oats, and a similar amount of molasses.