Replicate Bear Naked Fruit and Nut Granola
I enjoy the fruit and nut (they have different types but I like this one the best) granola made by Bear Naked. I'd like to see if I could make something that was similar. The ingredients are:
whole grain oats, honey, canola oil, almonds, raisins, sweetened dried cranberries, coconut, walnut, pecans, maple syrup, oat bran, ground fax seed, toasted sesame seeds.
Would the Quaker Old Fashion oatmeal be the same as whole grain oats?
Where do you get oat bran? Would that be sold in bulk at Whole Foods?
I'm assuming the coconut would be in the bulk isle also and would be unsweetened.
Thanks for your help.
Regular Quaker Old fashioned Oats is fine but not the one minute Quick cooking one. If you can't find oat bran, use wheat germ. I use regular sweetened coconut for mine b/c the unsweetend is hard to find.(No Whole Foods around me) I always toast the coconut in the oven separateley then mix it in w the granola when its done. My Low Fat recipe calls for ~ 8 cups of oats, nuts and dried fruit of your choice. wheat germ or flax seed, cinammon,coconut. Heat in a saucepan 3/4 c water, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 Tb honey, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 Tbs vanilla. Pour and mix in w other ingredients. Bake in 300 oven 40 -50 minutes, toss mixture every 10 minutes of so for even baking. Good luck!
Making your own granola is fun and satisfying, but it can be calorie-dense and not inexpensive to make if you go for lots of nuts and fruits. Try to source your ingredients at a large independant health food store or co-op. They will be LOTS cheaper than WF.
As far as oats, most granolas use ROLLED OATS. Quaker OFO would be fine. Bear in mind that store brand OFO's are often very small in texture, should you decide to go there.
Oat bran (and all other ingredients) are available in the bulk bins at any good health food store. Trader Joes or Costco are a good source for nuts.Unsweetened coconut is sold in bulk or packaged with the health food items (Bob's Red Mill products) in the "health food" aisle in grocery stores.
Many commercial granolas really load up on the honey and oil, packing it with extra, unneeded/unwanted calories. You can make a very successful granola using about 4 to 6 Tbl. of honey and 2 Tbl. of oil to every 3 cups oats & 2 cups additonal items (nuts, seeds, brans, coconut, etc).
Here is a recipe that is very good. Watch the baking time--easy to overbake it.
3 c. old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c raw roughly chopped almonds and/or pecans
1/2 c unsweetened grated coconut
2 Tbl. granulated sugar
Pinch of fine sea salt
6 Tbl. mild honey
2 Tbl. grapeseed or other mild veg oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla--optional
1/2 c mixed raw seeds of choice--sunflower, pumpkin, sesame
1/4 c. toasted wheat germ
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.Place oven racks at upper and lower thirds of oven.
Mix all dry igredients in a very large bowl.
Gently heat oil, sugar, salt and honey. Stir carefully, till mixture is loose. Pour over dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to thoroughly mix and coat. Don't skimp on the mixing.
Divide between two half-sheet pans (13"x18") and bake 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
Cool and add any dried fruits desired. Store in airtight containers or zipper bags. Keeps about 2-3 weeks.
Granolas are infinitely variable. Get comfy with a basic recipe and then experiment with ingredients you like.
Oat bran is sold in in all the grocery stores around me, under the Quaker label. It comes in a box shaped like cream of wheat or wheatena comes in, usually on the upper shelves of the same section where the old fashioned oats are sold. Like shaebones, I too used regular sweetened coconut because unsweetened isn't available in my markets. I have occasionally purchased it on-line from Melissa's Produce. Granola is so simple to make and so much cheaper than Bear Naked; I'm sure you'll be pleased.