it’s been months that i’ve been talking about making granola. and every time i see a delicious looking, locally made batch at the market, i am reminded of my desire to make it myself. so… i finally did.
when i was young i would stay at my tia’s house every summer for a week. it was one of the highlights of my summers. she had big jars in her kitchen, which i loved even at a very young age. they were filled with granolas and cereals, dried goods, and who knows what else. i was not as obsessively observant as i am now when i walk into a kitchen lined with lovely jars filled with goodness that catches the eye. i think of my wonderful tia when i see homemade granola, and even more so when i taste it.
i used a great recipe as a base and changed it up with the extra bits i added into it. it has a delicious flavor of freshly roasted nuts, and the aroma of cinnamon fills your home like fall. granola is one of those foods that, when made at home, can really be filled with the specific flavors you love. with fall around the corner, my next batch will consist of pumpkin seeds, or dried apples. the recipe made two full cookie sheets of granola, which filled a good size jar to store for days.
HOMEMADE GRANOLA. (adapted from here).
6 ½ tbsp unsalted butter
1 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb. 2 oz. rolled oats (I used old-fashioned)
1 1/3 cup roughly chopped almonds
¾ cup coconut flakes
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Melt butter, cinnamon, honey and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Put the oats, nuts, and coconut flakes in a large bowl and pour over the melted butter and honey mixture. Stir well so that all the dry ingredients are evenly coated. Transfer the mixture to two large baking sheets, lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown, tossing every 5 minutes. Granola will harden after it rests for a bit out of the oven. Continue stirring every few minutes to break up large chunks, or leave them large if you prefer.
Delicious with milk, yogurt, or on it’s own. Add as many additional dried fruits, nuts, or seeds as you desire. It can only get better each time!