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Recipe: Homemade Granola

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Recipe: Homemade Granola

This week Pamela has provided us with a recipe for the perfect take-along snack – home-made granola! This would also make an irresistible dessert straight out of the oven combined with some yogurt and fresh berries.

When ever I get a chance to share this recipe ... I am so excited .... for good reasons

The taste and texture (yes, the crunchiness) of fresh homemade granola is so different than prepackaged granola

Homemade granola is much more economical to make than store bought granola . Hurray homemade!

Homemade granola can be made to suit special diet needs (such as wheat-free or nut allergies) or tailored to your taste and favorite ingredients ... (I love seeing what's in the pantry to make a special batch)

What a fun recipe to make with children.... they will enjoy scooping, measuring, pouring, mixing and of course tasting.

Here is the recipe.
This recipe is originally from
The Silver Palate.

3 cups oats
1 cup chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts or any combination of your favorite
1 cup or any combination of dried fruit (cranberries, golden raisins, apricots, dates, cherries, blueberries, etc)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed Brown Sugar (adjust to taste)
1 cup Pure Maple Syrup (adjust to taste)

Mix together in a large bowl. Transfer onto a large baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 325 degree F for 35-45 minutes stirring once or twice to cook evenly. Allow to cool completely on tray. Store in airtight jars or containers.

We love eating this granola with yogurt and fresh fruits and berries! Enjoy!

A recipe the whole family is sure to enjoy! Be sure to check out Pamela's Etsy shop, Pretty Dreamer where you will find lively, useful, colorful, simple wood for home and play (and even a snack bag or two to carry that yummy granola)! In Pamela’s words: " . . . simple wooden toys are more then just their parts.... they possess a liveliness all of their own ... they can some how be smart and playful even while at rest. I hope everyone has managed to hold onto a little bit of their child."



Blogger germandolls said...

We make granola all the time! The kids love it. The biggest complaint about the homemade though is that the there are not big clusters or chunks. How can one accomplish that? It seems mine always looks more like birdfood. LOL

November 9, 2010 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Prettydreamer said...

Ulla, this recipe makes granola "with chunks" ... just seems to come out in different sized pieces when removing from the baking tray ...I think it is the maple syrup that helps! :)

November 9, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Laura from The Wood Garden said...

This looks wonderful! I've been meaning to try granola, perhaps this is the recipe I'll start with.

November 9, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
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Blogger BirchLeaf Designs - Wendy and Mojo said...

Yum! I also found that if you ad a little brown rice the mixture and also pour a little over top right before baking...holy wah! Chewy Chunk City!

November 11, 2010 at 6:44 AM  

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