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Help me vary my granola recipe?

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.


  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.

    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

    1. r
      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.

      1. s
        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.

          1. s
            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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              1. re: ipsedixit
                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.

                1. re: sholli
                  ipsedixit May 14, 2010 10:23 AM

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


                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    ipsedixit May 15, 2010 12:58 PM

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

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