Monday, January 9, 2012

Not *so* lazy granola ...

OK, so a week or so ago I was itching to make homemade (sort of) granola. And I was scouring Pinterest and anywhere else I could think of to find some easy ideas. Eventually I mixed up a bunch of recipes and came up with this:

1 c oatmeal

1 c flake cereal (crushed)

1 c chopped dates (bagged, dried, not me doing it myself)

1 c chopped walnuts

Mix together and bake at 350* for 10 minutes.

Take off pan - I used wax paper so as not to deal w/a mess - and mix in bowl while pouring honey on it (I didn't measure, just 2-3 heavy helpings splashed on). Lay back out on the pan and bake another 10 mins at 350*. Take it out, mix it up/turn it over a bit and put back in the oven for about 5 mins. I actually shut the oven off at that point.

We had it for dinner over low-fat vanilla yogurt and I tossed a handful of chocolate chips on top. Mixed it all up and OMG, it was so good!

Now this morning I tried it again, with a different flake cereal (it had some slivered almonds in there), with roasted sunflower seeds (I couldn't find plain ole' simple sunflower seeds!) and the walnuts again. And I used WAY too much honey, I know. But who could resist?

It came out well, minus a few small walnut pieces burning ever so slightly.

Anyway, it smells really good, and having it for breakfast - minus the chocolate chips - and with some low-fat vanilla yogurt (yes, again!) definitely filled me up for the morning.

Do you have some tried and true granola recipes? Care to share?


  1. I go through phases of liking granola. One month I crave it - the next month, I can't stand it. Perhaps I could try your recipe and see if it sticks!

  2. I love granola...was raised on homemade granola since my mom had hippy ways lol...she would add in puffed wheat and when coated with molasses and honey became this toasty sweet nugget of yummy....mmmmm

  3. That sounds wonderful. I am a big yogurt fan too and with granola. Yummy.

  4. Sounds great! I wish I had a recipe to share...

  5. That's so funny, I just made home-made granola the first time this weekend! I used the book "Bake the Bread, Buy the Butter" (a practical guide on what you should and shouldn't make from scratch). I used oats, chopped pecans and almonds, wheat germ, maple syrup, butter, chocolate chips (I think that was all). I baked it at 325 for 75 minutes and broke it up in big chunks and put it in a tupperware for people to grab and snack on. It is delicious. And surprisingly easy!

  6. This really sounds great! I love granola in yogurt!

  7. Oh, yum! I absolutely love the smell of homemade granola!

    One more time: Yum!

  8. Sounds really good. I love granola just as "cereal" and in yogurt. And honey rocks! :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. I've actually never tried to make that myself. Yet!

  10. I'm going to have to try this... YUMMY! I'd probably add some dried fruit... I like dried cherries... and I recently discovered dried blueberries... I don't really like regular blueberries, but dried, Holy Mary Mother of... so good!

    I also don't do pinterest. I should have you send me an invite, but I'm afraid... very afraid!

  11. I am not much of a cereal girl, I only like good old corn flakes with chocolate almond milk or cooked oatmeal with blueberries and plain yogurt.

    Yours does sound good though! Maybe I'll give it a try on a weekend morning - I wonder if I can make it in the slow-cooker?


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