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sholli May 14, 2010 09:11 AM

I like my basic granola recipe, but am interested in suggestions on ways to vary it, since I've been making it for a while and am about to make a large quantity in preparation for maternity leave.

Currently, I bake/toast oats w/ a very small amount of brown sugar/molasses/honey, a little oil, and enough water or juice to let me mix it all together. I usually use a touch of vanilla, cinnamon, and sometimes cardamom, along with nuts (usually almonds), and sometimes some filler in the form of wheat germ, oat bran, etc. I then add dried or fresh fruit at serving.

Any interesting ideas on ways to vary the flavors a bit? I do so already with the fruit and sometimes by varying the nuts, but I'm interested in others' favorite additions or other ways to switch it up.

Thanks.

  1. Emme May 14, 2010 09:40 PM

    i know you use wheat germ, and i love that.

    maple syrup as recommended.

    my old friend used to add coconut milk... and dried pineapple bits... pina granolada!

    hazelnut oil and dried (bing) cherries

    do a take on gramercy gingerbread - boil together some guiness stout and molasses - not a lot obviously. add that to recipe along with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. add crystallized ginger pieces as well.

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    Would you consider savory? If so...
    Savory Granola
    3/4 cup water
    3 cups rolled oats
    1/2 cup sesame seeds
    1/2 cup almonds
    1/4 cup flax meal
    1/4 cup wheat germ
    1/4 cup oat bran
    1 Tbsp paprika
    2 tsp tumeric
    2 tsp oregano
    1 tsp onion powder
    3/4 tsp chili powder
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    1/8 tsp cayenne
    1/8 tsp dry mustard
    1/2 tsp salt

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      rtms May 14, 2010 07:51 PM

      I put a little cinnamon in my last bach of granola. I always like the dried granolas and the ground flax. Nutmeg and salt sound like good additions.

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        sparkareno May 14, 2010 12:14 PM

        toasted coconut

        1. Caitlin McGrath May 14, 2010 11:58 AM

          I like maple syrup for adding sweetness and flavor. Maple and orange juice is a good combo. I like to add sunflower seeds along with the nuts.

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            Susan627 May 14, 2010 11:52 AM

            When I make granola with almonds I often add almond extract instead of vanilla. The almond flavor really comes through. I also have had success using canned pumpkin added to the wet stuff. This is especially good with pecans and cranberries and maple syrup. I have also used apple cider, apple juice or cranberry juice. All are good and give a different flavor.

            1. ipsedixit May 14, 2010 10:14 AM

              Dunno if your nuts are already salted, but even if they are I would consider adding a bit of sea salt. I find some salt balances out the sweetness of the granola. Also consider nutmeg.

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                sholli May 14, 2010 10:15 AM

                Oops--yes, I include a bit of salt with the other spices. Haven't tried nutmeg yet, though.

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                  ipsedixit May 14, 2010 10:23 AM

                  Well, ok, then ... could also try some toasted sesame seeds along with nori flakes.

                  Cheers!

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                    ipsedixit May 15, 2010 12:58 PM

                    I just thought of another ingredient ... crush potato chips.

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