Home-Made Granola

Despite living near multiple health-food stores, I’ve been having trouble finding decent granola. (For breakfast lately, I’ve been eating granola, plain yogurt and berries.) I like it crunchy, with lots of seeds, but too often the stuff you get in the store is halfway to being flavored oatmeal, mostly just refined oats and various natural versions of sugar.

Tonight’s project involved a can of steel-cut Irish oatmeal, flax and sesame seeds, wheat germ, and various natural versions of sugar (brown sugar, maple syrup, and molasses). It came out very well, which is a good thing because I ended up making a LOT of it. Kind of the balancing-the-table-legs problem in reverse; starting with a full can of oatmeal meant adding LOTS of the other stuff.

Uncharacteristically (for cooking, at least) I documented the process.

Granola Ingredients Granola Ingredients
Lined up on the counter. Not pictured: maple syrup, canola oil, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and brown sugar. On far left is the crappy store-bought granola that inspired this project.
Dry Ingredients Dry Ingredients
The dry ingredients, mixed up in the largest mixing bowl I own.
The Not-Dry Ingredients The Not-Dry Ingredients
Heat but do not boil.
Ready For the Oven Ready For the Oven
This is a LOT of granola.
Ready To Eat Ready To Eat
After 45 minutes at 300 degrees with stirring every 15 minutes, and addition of raisins during the last stir.

Notes for next time:

  • Toast the seeds first.
  • Add pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds.
  • More wheat germ (the “mortar”).
  • More coconut.
  • More raisins.
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9 Responses to Home-Made Granola

  1. harrietbrown says:

    “Forsooth,” sayeth Mistress Brown, “one never knows what one will find in Master Kenneth’s journal. Verily, I believe I will take myself off to the handsome Borough of Brook Lyn to partake of some of this yummy confection known as Gran Ola …”

    Some of us like doing it the old fashioned way.

  2. spolay says:

    We’re homemade granola fans, too

    Pecans and pine nuts make great additions, too. So, too, chopped dates.

  3. I don’t know why I’m being so sexist lately, but someone once said that the Guy Style of cooking was to do it rarely, but then really make a major production out of it.

    You don’t mention here (though you mentioned it in email) how freaking expensive granola is. Did you do a cost-benefit analysis of the homemade?

    I like most granola… Because it’s expensive and caloric, I usually stretch it by using it as a topping for other cereals like cornflakes. “Yum, Yum.”

    I’m sure yours is tops, though; can’t beat fresh.

    Will this be accompanying you on long bicycle sojourns?

    • ken says:

      I cook almost every day, but for some reason I decided to document this experiment. Well, probably because it was an experiment.

      It’s definitely cheaper than store-bought. And much better.

      And no, it’s just for breakfast nowadays.

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