Oat Worthy

There is something to love about a well made granola, full of texture and salty-sweetness. What is even better is a homemade variety. Addicting Crunch & Munch like crack mix that should not be reserved solely for trails! No. I think snack time, breakfast, or anytime warrants this stuff. We’re going to toast-up some organic rolled oats. flax, roasted almonds, brown sugar & dried cranberries, to achieve a beautiful brown bake. It will no doubt be delicious and healthy at the same time. Oats are our friends, and when we pair them with ground golden flax seeds, we’re headed for great things! Oats offer a good source of fiber know as beta-glucan, which has shown documented success at lowering cholesterol when eaten daily. Our flax also boasts a significant amount of fiber. In fact, the oats also offer us 70% DV of manganese, and we’ll get a good dose of selenium, phosphorus, mangnesium & zinc while we’re at it. 

Healthy isn’t really the secret weapon of this granola, it’s the taste! It is marvelous on its own, on yogurt, or as cereal with milk. I would also do this as a topping on vanilla bean ice cream! The key is to toast it low and slow to achieve perfectly crunchy oats. Very easy to make, just takes a little time in the oven.

 

Here is my simple version, which I warn will be hard to put down. Might be a good idea to double-up the batch while we’re in the kitchen.

Some specifics…

Homemade Granola

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: about 4 cups delicious granola!

Perfectly hard to resist, homemade granola with organic oats, almonds, brown sugar & dried cranberries! Addicting and a great way to start the day with something other than your average old cereal! Easy and nutritious.

What to get...

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups roasted almonds (sliced & chopped smaller)
  • 3/4 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 2 T whole, golden flax seeds
  • 2 T ground golden flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 T molasses
  • 1/4 cup oil (I would use canola or EVOO)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • *1 cup dried, sweetened cranberries (add after toasting granola)

What to do...

  1. Preheat oven to 275.
  2. In a bowl, combine oats, almonds, coconut, seeds, ground flax, sugar, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar.
  3. In second bowl, combine oil, molasses & vanilla (combine well)
  4. Add wet mix to oat mix, combine well.
  5. On a large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spread granola in a thin, even layer
  6. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring mix and re-spreading every 20 min to ensure browning

Notes

This is best toasted low & slow! The dried cranberries are added after the toasting in the oven and this stores well in an air-tight container once cooled, or even in the fridge. Make a double batch-I promise it will be going fast!

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 I am looking forward to a bowl of this with some kefir this weekend. Get some! 

Happy Friday!

 

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  • Mmmm, Grandma’s molasses! My dad used to call it sewer water.ReplyCancel

  • This looks beautiful. I love homemade granola, and I’ve never thought of using molasses instead of honey. I’m going to try this out next time. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I am not a fan of store bought granola, but the homemade one is another story. Looks healthy and tasty indeed.

    AngieReplyCancel

  • Homemade granola is the best! Yours look divine – and so pretty with the red cranberries! :)ReplyCancel

  • yum! this looks so good and healthy!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    The granola is in the oven and wow does it smell good! Here is my adaptation: Did’t have cranberries on hand so I’ve opted for raisins (will try cranberries next time around for sure) and I gave some heat to the oil, molasses, vanilla and brown sugar until the brown sugar was melted, just to make it easier to mix all the ingredients together. Thanks for the recipe! It’s a winner!ReplyCancel

  • [...] before I began baking granola and toasting almonds for almond butter, I cleaned the [...]ReplyCancel

  • lbs

    Thank you all! I already ate all of mine and onto another batch, but am going to use dried cherries this time. It’s addicting! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.ReplyCancel

  • Ieva

    It’s really the best granola recipe I’ve ever made. I was searching for something like this all the time. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Eve

    It’s really the best granola recipe I’ve ever made. I was searching for something like this all the time. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • [...] into muffins and cakes and to their toppings. Also, I use the seeds and ground version both in my homemade granola…it’s delicious! Golden flax specifically has a mildly nutty and sweet taste that goes well [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] I am truly not a big fan of hot oatmeal (shocking gasp) but I do like oats in a few dishes like dinnervine granola, and well, dessert! Oatmeal cookies are a tried-and-true classic, and I love everything about [...]ReplyCancel

  • lbs

    Just an update! I continue to make this year-round and store in an airtight jar. I occasionally change-it up by adding some healthy sesame seeds into the mix and substituting dried cherries for the cranberries. Both very good.ReplyCancel

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