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Honey Almond Granola

My husband got me a copy of Baked: New Frontiers in Baking for Mother's Day.  Any time I see a cookbook referenced on the blogosphere as many times as that one has been, it gets added to my Amazon wishlist. I certainly didn't expect to have a copy of it in my hands so soon, and I can't wait to make something from it.  Sweet & Salty Cake, the famous "Baked" brownie, one of the decadent sounding bars, muffins, or pies...it'll be a tough choice for sure.  Leafing through its beautiful pages this morning, I landed on a pretty picture of granola, which happens to be something my husband has been requesting a new batch of for a while.  So I made some, not from the cookbook, but from our tried and true family recipe.  I hope you're looking forward to breakfast tomorrow, honey. Thanks for the inspiration. :)


Honey Almond Granola

Dry Ingredients:

  • 7 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 c. dry milk powder
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 c. wheat germ
  • 1/2 c. corn meal 

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 c. oil (I decrease to 3/4 c. and make up the difference with water)
  • 1 c. honey (I again decrease to 3/4 c. and make up the difference with water)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar (I decrease to 1/3 c.)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract or, our preference, 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.  Stir together wet ingredients in another bowl or measuring cup.  Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well, until entire mixture is moist.


Coat two baker's half sheet pans (or any baking pan with an edge) with vegetable oil, and spread out granola mixture in an even layer.


Bake in preheated oven for 25-40 minutes stirring carefully every 10 minutes or so to ensure even browning.  Granola is done when it is golden brown.  It will still be soft to the touch when it emerges from the oven, but will become hard and crunchy when it cools.  

Serve with fruit and yogurt as a parfait, or as a breakfast cereal with fresh or dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins), nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts), and milk.   We prefer to add these things after baking so that everyone can add just what they like, but you could bake your nuts and dried fruit with your granola if you'd like.  Enjoy! :) 

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Comments

Mrs. Mc said…
What a fabulous choice for a Monday! I too have been wanting some granola, but I wasn't sure where to find a proven recipe and now that it has appeared on your page I know it will work and be a wonderfully delicious addition to my breakfast routine. :) Thanks!

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