Granola – Super Easy, and Super Satisfying (just don’t burn it)

February 22, 2012 , In: Breakfast , With: One Comment

This was my granola attempt number two.  My first attempt was a big fail due to me being too lazy to move the rack in the oven, a lack of faith to deviate from the recipe cooking time (despite a distinct burnt smell),  and a twisted thought that semi-burnt cereals might actually taste good.  Well, the response to all that is trust your nose, move your racks if necessary, and semi-burnt cereal, as my husband put it, tastes like coal.  But, granola is so easy to make I didn’t hesitate to whip up another batch.

I used an article from Chatelaine where Josée di Stasio shares here favourite Christmas foods.  It’s from 2009, and I don’t know what took me so long to finally make it.  Her version is quite Christmas-y so I’ve omitted the ginger and nutmeg, and frankly took quite a few liberties with it.  The beauty about granola is you can pretty much do what you want with it.  The only thing that I can see being a constraint is the syrup to dry goods ratio so just watch that.  This makes quite a bit (1L plus some).

Adapted from Chatelaine Magazine, Holiday 2009 edition

1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups old fashioned large flake oats (don’t use the instant stuff)
1 cup oat bran or wheat germ
1 cup nuts or seeds (I used almonds with skins on, flaked almonds, pecans, and pumpkin seeds)
pinch of salt

2/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil (canola)

1 tsp almond extract
1 cup dried cranberries

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a large bowl mix the oats, bran, nuts/seeds, cinnamon, and pinch of salt
  • In a small saucepan over low heat mix the maple syrup or honey with canola oil just until it’s been warmed up
  • Add the syrup mixture to the dry mixture along with the almond extract and stir so everything is coated
  • Spread out mixture on a large baking sheet
  • Bake until golden for 30 minutes stirring every 15 minutes
  • Let cool and then add cranberries
That’s it!  I eat mine with yoghurt, and you can also add a touch of maple syrup if you prefer a sweeter taste.
    • Anonymous
    • October 24, 2012

    Greg made it this morning while I was out shovelling :-). It smelled marvellous and tastes good too. Laurie

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