Tuesday, July 10, 2012


I made amazing granola with a recipe that I adapted from the book Homemad Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila. First let me say how very much I loved this book.  Seriously the recipes were great and the stories behind each one were even better.

I have wanted to make granola for years, I don't know why it always sounded like a fun time.  So finally I decided to go to the store and gather the things I needed.  It was time.

The great thing about granola is that you can literally put just about anything you want in it and it will still turn out amazing.  The recipe from Homemade Pantry called for sesame seeds, I couldnt find any at the store so out they went and I think it tasted amazing still. The original recipe also called for unsweetened shredded coconut and since I had sweetened on hand that just had to do. 

Here is my modified recipe:

 - 10 cups old fashioned rolled oats
 - 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
 - 2 cups sliced almonds
 - 1 cup shredded coconut
 - 1 1/2 T ground cinamon
 - 1/2 t salt
 - 3/4 C canola oil
 - 1 cup syrup
 - 1 1/2 T homemade vanilla extract (its easy to make, find the post here)

       - Preheat oven to 250
       - Mix together all dry ingredients in a LARGE bowl.  Seriously 10 cups of rolled oats is alot
       - In a smaller bowl mix together the wet ingriedents.
       - Pour the smaller bowl into the LARGE one and mix together so that there are no pockets of dry or wet.
        - Line two cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper.  Parchment works better but we only had wax paper and that worked just fine.
        - Bake at 250 for 30 minutes, stir and rotate the sheets.  Bake another 30 minutes, stir and rotate again.  Bake for 30 more minutes for a total of 90 minutes of baking time.
         - Enjoy and try not to eat it all in one sitting.  Trust me it will be hard.

The dry ingredients:

The wet ingridents, it was hard to mix oil and syrup together to get them to combine right. 

Everything combined together:

The very yummy finished product:

See how easy it is to make your own? Its like stew just start dumping stuff in from your pantry. Its bound to be good.

Linked at: Six Sister's Stuff,Lil\'Luna, The Prudent Pantry Positively Splendid
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KCoake said...

I keep thinking I need to make my own granola...looks easy enough and would save a ton of money. Thanks for the idea and inspiration!

Lovin Livin In 'Luma said...

Take the plunge, you will be glad you did. Its so very easy that I feel silly I didn't do it when I first saw the idea.

Taylor said...

I've always wanted to give homemade granola a try. Looks yummy! Stopping by from Saturday Sharefest! Happy Weekend!!

Anonymous said...

I love to make granola. Been thinking about making a batch the last few days. Maybe this is the nudge I need.

The Prudent Pantry said...

That looks so good! I haven't made granola in so long. I'll have to try this recipe. It looks yummy!

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Have a great day!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

I pinned this! It looks so good.

Katherines Corner said...

Wonderful healthy snack. Hugs! P.S. my new giveaway started, stop by and get your entry in!

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

This does look yummy.. and simple to make! Ill have to pick up the rest of the ingredients when I head to the store soon.

Thanks so much for linking up to Financial Friday!

Claiming Our Space said...

This looks so delicious. I would love it if you would share this on my linky party - Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/07/tout-it-tuesday-15.html

Claiming Our Space said...

Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

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