Homemade Goodforyou Granola

Shannon my old roommate showed me this recipe 2 years ago and ever since I’ve been a homemade granola  type of girl. I really like that you can thrown any nuts, dried fruit, seeds and cereal grains in it as you want. I like to use spice and this recipe doesn’t use sugar or any oil. The recipe that follows is just my favorite combination of flavors. It’s a bit of effort but it’s well worth it and  it stores dry for up to two weeks.

Granola

  • 1 can of frozen orange juice
  • 6 cups of large flake oats (you might need to add more if the mix seems too wet)
  • 1 generous cup of dried cranberries (of equivalent amount of dried fruit)
  • 1/4 cup of flax seed
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ or bran
  • 2/3 cup unsalted sliced almonds or any other unsalted nuts
  • 1 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds or other seeds
  • 2 generous tsp of any combination of spices such as all spice, cinnamon, cardamon
  • Coconut is also good mixed in just limit the amounts of mix in at the end because it can burn in the cooking process
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup, optional I usually go without

Method

Preheat oven for 350F.

Place frozen OJ in a large mixing bowl, and let melt. Add dried fruit, spice(s) and coconut (if usuing) and let sit for 20-30 minutes.

Add nuts, bran, oats and honey/maple syrup (if using). Mix until everything is coated well in OJ.

Spray a large cookie sheet and spread  mixture on pan sparsely. You want to be able to turn it and move it around so it toasts on all sides. Bake about 5 minutes then turn and bake about 5 more minutes, you want it to be dried out and light-medium brown.

As you cook the granola in small batches cool on wax paper or in a lage shallow dish before storing in an air tight contain, make sure it is totally cooled otherwise it will hold moisture and go bad sooner.

Enjoy with yoghurt/soy yogurt, milk/soy milk or as a snack with fruit.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Goodforyou Granola

  1. Hey Kaila sorry for the tardy response, but yes the granola is crunchy, not break your teeth crunchy like the sugar coated ones but it is. You definitely have to cook it well and turn it . It’s also a really good idea to turn it out on to parchment paper and let it cool completely before packaging.

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