Homemade Granola

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~ Homemade Granola and Greek Yogurt with Plum Compote ~

Whenever I can I make my own granola – and you should too. It’s easy to prepare and you can mix and match your favorite grains, nuts and dried fruit to your taste, while avoiding excess sugars and additives. The only downside is that it never lasts long enough in our house before it’s gobbled up. So make a double – or triple – batch if you can.

Homemade Granola

Substitute other nuts and seeds such as walnuts, pecans, flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Other dried fruit such as cranberries, chopped apricots and blueberries may be substituted for the raisins. Add after baking so they won’t burn in the oven.

Makes about 4 cups

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped or sliced raw almonds or other nuts
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 300°F (160°C) Combine oats, nuts, coconut, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk the sugar, syrup and vanilla in a small bowl until combined. Pour over the oats and stir to coat. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown, stirring once or twice, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Add the raisins. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

To prepare a yogurt parfait, layer granola with fresh fruit or fruit compote and greek-style yogurt.

 

8 responses to “Homemade Granola

  1. Guilty of the crime of not making granola often enough… beloved is the granola maker in our home, so I usually let him do it and he is very partial to his own “hippie granola” method, which actually seems pretty similar to your recipe, wheat germ included ;-)

    great way to start any day!

  2. eastofedencook

    What a scrumptious granola recipe! Love that it’s not heavy with butter or oil, just loaded with flavor from all the grains, nuts and fruit heavenly!

  3. Homemade granola is so delicious and a lot tastier as well as healthier than the bought version.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. I always burn mine – will try your recipe next time…

  5. I haven’t made granola in quite awhile. I love that you added coconut to yours! And what a wonderful idea for using it in parfaits!!

  6. Great idea….I always have a container of homemade granola in the pantry, it’s the fresh compote I’m lacking. Better remedy that soon.

  7. I like that you added raisins in your granola…a perfect topping for parfaits.

  8. What a beautiful breakfast! My tummy is rumbling now. I haven’t made granola for awhile so will have to make some soon. Love your plum compote, too. All this summer fruit is such a treat!