The VERY FIRST blog post I shared when I started my blog FOUR YEARS AGO was my fall harvest granola. Now, I am sharing an updated version of this classic recipe. Why? Well, iI think it is that good , ready to be updated and shared again! So grateful for how far my little blog has come!
From my kitchen to yours, Andrea
I don’t always make cookies and cupcakes at home. Lets be real, my kids don’t eat homemade ice cream from scratch all the time and my my husband does not eat chocolate peanut butter cake every night for dessert. Although i’m pretty sure neither would object to the idea. Even though I LOVE to bake and sugar is a staple my vocabulary, I do like to make our meals, and our refined sugar intake, balanced. While I practically dream about making recipes and what to come up with next, we can’t eat sweets and excess sugar all the time. Balance is the name of the game.
Elements of baking come into play in my kitchen in what we eat. Most of our meals have scratch cooking or baking component. Healthy veggie morning muffins, homemade English muffins with eggs or simply a hefty bowl of yogurt (here is my homemade yogurt recipe if you want to get fancy) with fresh fruit and homemade granola. This is a staple breakfast or lunch for me. I love homemade croissants and danish but lets be real, we cant eat that every day!
Have you ever looked at the ingredients, preservatives, sodium and sugar levels of packaged granola? Whoa!! Not to mention the PRICE TAG, both are bursting at the seams. Even the “healthy” packaged granola needs a quick glance over the ingredients and nutrition levels and the bags are tiny. My recipe uses a few simple and REAL ingredients, makes a large batch and is oh, so good. I started making granola years ago when I was trimming our grocery budget. A family of SIX needs to find ways to be creative with a food budget or it can get out of hand quickly. So, I decided I no longer wanted the price tag of packaged granola (and many other items). I knew if I purchased the ingredients and figured out how to make it myself, not to mention the satisfaction of knowing I COULD make it myself, that I would have savings in the long run.
This recipe bakes up nice and golden brown each time. Now, i’m hooked on homemade granola and have not purchased a store bought brand in YEARS. My bakery Silver City Baking Company even sells it! But, if you CAN make it yourself you should! Once you do, you will ask yourself “WHY, have I not made this yet, its THAT easy!!” Or you could call me and I will make it for you.
Need a quick go to snack? Simply grab a handful. Possibly right out of the jar with your hand. (Shh, dont tell the circus mom has her hand in the granola jar) Need a quick breakfast before work? Just throw on top of some plain whole milk yogurt with fresh fruit or simply put it in a bowl with milk. In our house since I have TWO dairy allergy boys they add theirs to almond milk and eat it like cereal. Yum!
There is always a large glass jar of granola in my pantry and although I change out my flavors with the season, or frankly whatever I have in the house at the time, the base of this recipe is a great blend of salty with sweet and pairs with the sweetness of fresh fruit and creaminess of yogurt beautifully! I hope that this recipe will become a staple in your home kitchen too.
THIS flavor combination that i’m sharing is my FAVORITE. The sharpness of cranberries with the flavor of almond and sweetness of honey and brown sugar is my fave. Once you make this recipe YOU can get creative and give it your own personality by changing the nuts, seeds and fruits according to your own personal tastes. The options are endless. Go ahead, get creative!!
4 C. Rolled Oats
1 C. sliced almonds
1/2 C. unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 C. chia seeds
1/3 C. almond flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/4 C. Brown Sugar
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1/3 C. Honey
4 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or any neutral flavored oil)
1 C. dried cranberries (chopped in pieces)
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F. degrees. Measure out all ingredients.
SWEET LIFE OF A BAKER TIP: If you warm the honey and oil together on the stove the honey will loosen up and be easier to mix into the granola mixture.
Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Using a spatula, mix the ingredients until everything is incorporated and coated with liquid ingredients. Place the granola mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the pan from the oven, using a spatula give the granola a stir as the edges of the pan will brown quicker and carefully replace to the pan to the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes. Keep a careful watch on the oven for last few minutes to avoid burning the granola. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the counter. Once cooled, transfer to a bowl or container. Add dried fruit, mix and store in a cool and dry location.
SWEET LIFE OF A BAKER TIP: If the sugar from the granola settles during storage, just give the container a quick shake before scooping out. It will loosen back up.
Don’t forget to use a beautiful table setting to serve your delicious homemade yogurt and granola with your cup of coffee! After all your work to create this delicious granola, be sure to show it off!
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