My colleagues are either victims or the fortunate ones to my homemade baked goods and let’s hope they say the latter.
Whether it’s a birthday, farewell party or testing out a new recipe, they are usually up for being my guinea pigs.
So I shouldn’t have been – yet I was – to the reaction and response when I brought in my homemade granola.
In fact, two colleagues asked for the recipe which is the ultimate compliment.
This recipe was developed a couple of years ago after indulging wine, beer and In-N-Out Burger in San Diego.
It was part of the plan to get back into my healthy eating regime including eating all of the junk food out of my house so it wasn’t there to tempt me.
I never said I was perfect! But I digress.
Prior to being a domestic goddess, I was buying Nature’s Path organic dark chocolate and red berries granola to sprinkle on top of my Greek yogurt or eat on its own as a snack. A 325 gram package costs $6.99!!!
And that’s when I put on my do-it-yourself hat.
Making your own granola allows you to control the sugar content, save money and have fun experimenting with different ingredients.
I’ve made granola a few times and it’s really trial and error and personal preference on the type of ingredients used and level of sweetness.
- 2 cups raw whole rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup maple/agave syrup or honey
- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/coconut oil
- 1 large pinch fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
2. Combine the first seven ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3. You can either use your hands or a wooden spoon to mix.
4. Spread the granola in a thin layer on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil or silicone mat.
5. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Keep your eye on the granola to ensure it doesn’t burn.
6. Transfer granola onto another baking sheet or bowl.
7. If you like clusters then let it completely cool on the baking sheet before transferring.
8. Let cool then add the dried berries.
9. Store in a mason jar or airtight container for two weeks.(Probably won’t last that long!)
The wonderful thing about making your own granola is the different combinations you can create using the following ingredients:
- Nut – walnut, almond, cashew, peanut, hazelnut, macadamia
- Seeds – pumpkin, flax, chia
- Dried fruit – raisins, blueberries, figs, cherries, apricots, coconut
- Sweetener – maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut syrup, honey, molasses
- Oil – extra virgin olive, almond, coconut
- Chocolate – chocolate chips, M&M, Smarties (mix with the rest of the ingredients once they cool off from the oven)
- Other – cinnamon, almond extract, lemon or orange zest
If you try my recipe, I would love to hear how it turned out! Please leave a comment below.
This article was originally posted on my old blog in May 2014.