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Do-It-Yourself Granola

March 2, 2010

by Emily
I am a creature of habit. I cut up some fruit, add a little vanilla yogurt, and top it off with some sort of cereal – preferably granola – nearly every day for breakfast. For me, that is the perfect breakfast option that not only keeps me full, but satisfied, until lunch time.

However, let’s just say my H-E-B Brand whole wheat bran flakes were tasting a little bland, so I looked to some of my favorite blogs for a little breakfast inspiration.

After a very quick search among my favorite bloggers, I had multiple recipes for homemade granola and granola bars alike, which is all the inspiration I needed to get over my bland bran blues.

If you are familiar, this recipe reminds me of the delicious Udi’s brand granola. Making your own version will allow you to choose and incorporate your own unique combination of ingredients (and save you a little money, too!) for your own personal blend.

For me, this has turned out to be the perfect combination because it incorporates both sets of taste buds by capturing sweet (using local honey, coconut, and dried fruit) and salty (adding all the nut options and, optional, kosher salt) flavors.

Enjoy this over yogurt (breakfast or dessert style), as an on-the-go snack, or wrapt it up as a gift!

DIY Granola
adapted mostly from this recipe, a little from here, and (hopefully) here (if not just for inspiration)

4 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 c cold milled flax seed (like this one)
1/3 – 1/2 c coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 – 1/2 c coarsely chopped pecans
1/3 – 1/2 c coarsely chopped, dry roasted almonds
1/3 – 1/2 c coarsely chopped, dry roasted  cashews
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 – 3/4 c coconut (flakes or shredded)
1 c dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, craisins, dates, etc)
3/4 – 1 c local honey
3/4 c butter
1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)

Preheat the oven to 325°. Move oven rack to center position. Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Chop by hand or pulse nuts (if whole) in food processor.

Place the butter and honey in a saucepan over low heat and stir until butter melts.

Put the oats, flax, and all nuts/seeds in a large bowl.

Coat with ½ of hot butter/honey mixture, stir to combine.

Spread mixture evenly over baking sheet(s) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle remaining butter/honey mixture, and add salt. Sprinkle the coconut on top. Stir mixture (I did this right on my baking sheet) to evenly distribute ingredients.

Bake another 10 minutes, stir, and return to oven for another 10 minutes.  Add dried fruit, stir, and return to oven for an additional 10 minutes. Continue stirring and returning to oven for 5-10 minute increments as many times as necessary until granola appears toasted (the coconut serves as a good indicator).

Let cool, then store.

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