It’s being said breakfast is the most important meal.
I agree even though lunch and dinner are essential to me too.
That’s why I am so excited to post the first recipe for this category on my blog.
That’s not a real recipe though. That’s more an idea which could easily be adjusted and tweaked.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome – homemade granola!
I made granola first time ever about 7 years ago. I did it for my man since he was so picky about granola from the supermarket, so I decided to pamper him once.
Since that time, I have been making a large tray (or two) of it every month, sometimes even twice.
After these 7 years or about he still prefers homemade granola, even though the quality of granola being sold in Canada is very high.
Does that sound like the greatest mistake I might have done in my life?
Anyway, it’s some kind of a ritual now.
If you think I have a lot of fun making this granola, I cannot support your point. There are quite a number of strict standards, or to be more specific ingredients, I should follow.
The approved ingredients are oats, 4-5 kinds of nuts and seeds, and honey which I occasionally substitute for some maple syrup. I mean NO chocolate morsels, dried fruit, coconut or something like that. Most of my suggestions to liven this recipe up have been criticised and denied. There is no place for any improvisation in our case.
But you can pick for this recipe whatever you like. Dried cranberries? Awesome! Banana chips? Why not! A pinch of sea salt? What could work! Raisins? Hmm… That sounds a bit weird to me. Does anyone love raisins in their granola?!
Needless to mention the proportions are approximate as well.
You even can adjust the texture making granola gummy or crispy.
Basically, there are a lot of options you can opt for, and the results will always be great!
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup peanuts (salty peanuts will work well), roughly chopped
- 1 cup other nuts (take 1-2 kinds such as almonds, pecans, walnuts etc), roughly chopped
- 1 cup pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup honey, or to taste
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C (340 degrees F). Cover a baking sheet with parchment. You can spray it with some cooking spray as well, but this is optional.
- Mix all the ingredients together and transfer to the sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes. You may love to get your granola brown so increase the temperature to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F) and let it bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and completely cool (the hot granola will remain moist - just cool it).
- Keep the granola in a container /jar.
If you don't use raw nuts and seeds, add them after the other ingredients are ready. If you love to get your granola crispy, decrease the temperature to 150-160 degrees C and bake them longer. For sticky (caramelized) texture, add more honey (you can add a few spoons of brown sugar too) and increase the temperature to 180-190 and bake less (don't forget stirring often!)