December 19, 2012

Homemade Granola

 This granola would be the perfect thing to put into a cute container to give to people you'd like to recognize this time of year. Your hairdresser, neighbors, teachers, or co-workers. This recipe makes a lot - about 16 cups.
As in most granola, the main ingredient is oats. I also added pecans, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower kernels, dry roasted pepitas, almonds, coconut, butterscotch chips and dried cranberries.

If you don't have some of the ingredients listed in this recipe, use whatever you'd like to make up about 6 cups of dry ingredients (not counting the chocolate chips or dried cranberries, which are added after the mixture comes out of the oven). 
A mixture of brown sugar, salt, maple syrup, honey, coconut oil, molasses, cinnamon and vanilla is heated and put over the dry ingredients. Spread all that goodness on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring a couple times. It's hard to stop eating this!


  1. That looks so good, Karen! It also looks like it would be easy to do--right up my alley. I'll have to give this one a try.

  2. I love granola and trying new granola recipes. I can't wait to try this one!

  3. Yum, this looks fantastic Karen....I've been looking for a good granola recipe. I especially like that you used maple syrup in this.
    Have a very Merry Christmas Karen!

  4. This is such a great homemade gift idea! I love all the mix-ins you used!

  5. This looks like a great granola recipe! Thanks for sharing - I've been digging into granola a lot lately, with yogurt, honey, and a little water to thin it down a bit. It's a welcome treat every morning.

  6. I have always been tempted to make my own granola and here you show me how; thanks Karen.

  7. I'm actually thinking about having a holiday potluck next week and I think these need to make an appearance!

  8. I would have a hard time to stop eating this too! Butterscotch chips...yum!

  9. My buddy Joy The Baker gave me a big jar of her granola for a Christmas present. I had never had homemade varieties before. I was shocked by how much better it was than the boxed stuff which I have always bought because it struck me as no better than homemade. Boy was I wrong. GREG


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