Saturday, March 05, 2011

Tried & True Recipe #2: Granola

Jeff and I LOVE granola. Over the past 2 years or so I've tried LOTS of different recipes and this is the one that I think is consistently the best. Probably because it's the simplest. And simple is good. :)

I'm going to try to go a bit Pioneer Woman on this one and have some pictures! (They're not very good pictures, and I wasn't able to take them of all the steps. Sorry.)

Basic Honey-Pecan Granola
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups rolled oats, 1.5 cups chopped pecans (or almonds or whatever nut you like), 3 T. melted unsalted butter, 1/3 to 1/2 c. honey depending on how sweet you like your granola, and 1/2 t. salt. Mix it up so that the oats and nuts are coated in the honey/butter mixture.

Put this on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and spread it into an even layer.

Bake until the oats are golden, about 30 minutes. Stir the oats on the sheet every 10 minutes or so, to get even coloring.

Let cool completely on cookie sheet.

Add other yummy stuff, like chopped up dried apricots!

I sometimes mix things up and add shredded coconut and/or wheat germ and/or flax seeds to the oat mixture. If I want to add dried fruit (dried cranberries and apricots are our favorites), I add them at the end, after the granola is cooled down. Oh, and you can add CHOCOLATE CHIPS. Yes. Very good.

Oh, and it helps to have cute mason jars to store it in. And sometimes I'll make a double batch and gift it to the Mercados. :)

Say NO to store-bought granola! Cause this stuff is super easy and cheap.


jyang said...

i'm so going to make these! been wanting to find a good granola recipe. wanna try the other recipes you listed too! i'm all about easy and simple one's! thanks so much for sharing!

Brinton&Sunny said...

Hey Kat!
I just made this and it's excellent! Actually I made "peanut butter baked oatmeal" for the first time

and it tasted pretty good but I wanted a little crunch to it. And I remembered you had this granola recipe!

Can I submit it in our church missions fundraiser recipe book?

Kathy Locke said...

Hi Sunny! Sure, but I actually have "graduated" from this recipe and am using a newish one (I think it's healthier because it has wheat germ!)
I'll post my new one tomorrow. :)

Brinton&Sunny said...

Hey Kat,
I still haven't tried your new granola recipe because I really like the simplicity of this one. Also I like that this one does not have oil. Anyhoos, I want to still add this "old" granola recipe. Can I also add in your italian sausage soup recipe into the ibc cookbook?