Deep Thoughts about Granola. Really.

“I’m going to take pictures of my granola, and you’re just going to have to humor me and not ask any questions.”  And so began my love note to granola.

I love granola.  Always have. Crunchy and slightly sweet, it’s a hearty way to start the day. Except I hardly ever had it in the house, dissuaded at the supermarket from indulging in my love by the tiny bags and high prices.  Why should I spend a portion of the grocery budget on something that only I would enjoy, I thought. Guess I’ll just get the shredded wheat again.  Sigh…

Enter the vegan challenge and a good recipe for homemade granola.  I’d come across granola recipes plenty of times, but never fancied myself as a make-your-own-granola type of gal; it seemed a little crunchy, if you know what I mean.  I was even less inclined to make myself something I liked than to buy it.  When I write that, it seems extraordinarily backwards and silly, but I never really thought of it that way while standing in the cereal aisle.  In the interest of participating in the challenge to the best of my ability, and wanting to eat more homemade, whole foods, I gave the granola recipe a try.

Turns out, making your own granola is fantastic!  It’s fun, tasty, and inexpensive.  I’m the only one in my house who really eats it, so I’ve got a recipe figured that lasts me a week and costs about $1.50.  Best of all, I can add in whatever tasty tidbits I like each morning, from dried cherries and roasted almonds to chocolate chips and coconut flakes.  I feel like I’ve been missing out on this little secret, and it has me wondering what other pleasures I’ve been unknowingly denying myself.

What is your granola?  Is there something out there that you love but tend to shy away from for some reason?  Could it be that creating this pleasure for yourself is wholly worth the effort?

Granola for One

3 c whole oats

1/4 c whole wheat flour

1/2 c shredded coconut or sliced almonds (or both!)

1 T cinnamon

1 t nutmeg

2/3 c maple syrup (or honey or a combo of both)

1/4 c canola oil (or coconut oil)

1 t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a small bowl mix together the maple syrup, oil, and vanilla.  In a larger bowl, stir together all dry ingredients. Add the maple mixture to the dry mixture and stir until all the oats are coated with sweet goodness.  Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir and bake for another 15 minutes or until mixture is dry and toasted.  Let cool and store in an airtight container.  Add in ideas: dried fruit, chocolate chips, chopped pecans, crystalized ginger, banana chips, whatever makes you feel zesty in the morning.


10 thoughts on “Deep Thoughts about Granola. Really.

  1. I’ll try your recipe one day. I also love granola, but tend to shy away from it because it is usually pretty high calorie. Sigh.

  2. I only shy away from it because of the fat (and calories) but since my mom loves it too I’m going to surprise her when she visits this year and make it for both of us!! I have 2 girls that will probably love it if they try it too! thanks for sharing the recipe! I have to admit I never thought of granola as something you could make at home… silly me I guess

  3. Just because of the fact I actually have every single one of these ingredients in my house(!!), I’m going to try this recipe. I usually buy the Bare Naked brand but this looks good!

  4. I, too, love granola, but I shy away from it because it’s so high in fat. When Nicole and I visited my grandfather in Maine last year, he made his own granola for breakfast and we ate that every morning. I snagged his recipe and it’s very similar to yours, except he uses Splenda and honey as the sweetener in it.
    As far as something that’s my own granola (meaning something I love but don’t keep in the house), it’s Ramen noodles. *sigh* When I was growing up in Virginia, everyone at school ate them raw. They would crunch up the noodles and sprinkle some of the seasoning package onto said noodles, give the whole mixture a good shake and then feast. It sounds gross, I know, but there is something so comforting and delicious about it to me. Salty, crunchy, starchy and spicy…what more could you ask for in a snack? Is it unhealthy? Definitely. Is it delicious? Absolutely.

  5. Yum! I’m having a hankering for granola…. Love the new sidebar pic of you- so cute! Miss you, friend.

  6. i think granola is what we refer to here as toasted muesli and I’ve always avoided it for the same reasons as other commenters. But it does sound delicious and perhaps you only need a small serve…..

  7. 5 Stars on on the granola! Delicious! Forwarded this blog on to Karen! Thank you for sharing!

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