Monday, January 5, 2015

Homemade Honey Granola



Homemade Honey Granola | Cooking on the Front Burner


Happy New Year!  Let's start out 2015 with this first recipe being on the healthier side.  I'm not sure about you but I'm ready to do some detoxing from the goodies, rich food and sweets from the holidays.  I don't think I overdid it, but I sure enjoyed all the season had to offer.  Now, I'm ready to get back to some healthier eating and hitting the gym!

I've always wanted to try making my own granola.  There are some many kinds of ingredients you can use besides what I did - just swap out.  Use different nuts like walnuts, almonds or raw peanuts  for the pecans.  Craisins or other dried fruit could be swapped for the raisins.  Make it your own concoction! 

Homemade Honey Granola

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield about 3 cups
Inspired recipe from Williams-Sonoma
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler
  2. Combine oats, coconut, pecans, pumpkin seeds and flax meal on a large baking sheet that has a rim
  3. Place baking sheet under broiler and toast ingredients until they are browned but not charred (shake/stir about every 30 seconds) This could take up to 5 minutes. (If you have a really hot broiler, move the rack down one level)
  4. Remove from broiler then cool then place in a large bowl
  5. In a medium sauce pan add the canola oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon
  6. Cook until just warm
  7. Pour over oat mixture, add raisins and gently combine - leave clusters
  8. Place mixture back on baking sheet and place in oven at 350 for 5 minutes.
  9. Let mixture cool completely then store in an air tight container up to a week
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This type of granola is great with milk for breakfast.  It is also great as a fruit parfait with mixed berries.  (Of course it can be for plain snacking too) 

Homemade Honey Granola | Cooking on the Front Burner

Maybe you would like to give as a gift but be sure to make a double batch so you can keep one! 

Homemade Honey Granola | Cooking on the Front Burner

Homemade Honey Granola | Cooking on the Front Burner

 Another breakfast idea you might like - Orange Cranberry Biscotti


12 comments:

  1. Can't ever get enough granola! Pinned!

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  2. My family would go crazy for this! It is perfect to have with yogurt.

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  3. We love granola on our yogurt and this looks like the perfect recipe to try! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. I love homemade granola and have really been wanting to crank out a batch! This looks delicious, Deb -- I need to get on it! :)

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  5. These photos are really beautiful, Deb!

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  6. This looks like the perfect granola!

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  7. I love granola too; it's so versatile. This recipe couldn't have come at a more perfect time at the start of the new year. Beautiful pics too!

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  8. I make a batch of homemade granola almost every week, and this honey granola looks delicious! The combination of pecans, coconut, and golden raisins sounds delicious!

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  9. Happy New Year, Deb! Homemade granola is my weakness! I could snack on this one packed with coconut, pecans, pumpkin seeds and honey all day long! It looks delicious!

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  10. Gorgeous pics, Deb!! I haven't made homemade granola in awhile - I should add this to make soon!

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  11. I love love love granola and can't wait ti try your version of it!

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  12. Deb,
    Can't wait to try your granola recipe. Pinned.
    Happy New Year.
    Annamaria

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