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WB Granola

Hello WB readers!!

How was your weekend? Mine was decent… well, it was better than “decent.” My baby girl ROLLED OVER for the first time!!!!! Here she is after the big “ROLL”

I’m such a proud mama! What a cute smirk on her face 🙂

Other than that ground breaking milestone, my weekend revolved around granola.

Don’t ask me why, but I was obsessed with granola… ALL. WEEKEND. LONG!! Yes, I know that sounds weird. I like granola and eat it pretty much every day… but have never actually made it. To me a good granola is rich, decadent, super satisfying, and nutritious. I’ve stayed away from so many supermarket granolas because they are crazy high in saturated fat. So high that I might as well just eat a candy bar for the same amount of fat and calories.

I researched many different recipes and eventually came up with my own. The result was a delicious granola that was so easy to make, it convinced me that buying granola was no longer an option. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 2 cups mixed nuts (you can use any combination you like. I used sunflower seeds, salted peanuts, slivered almonds, and walnut pieces)
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup honey
    1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup dried fruit of your choice (I used dried cherries, cranberries, and golden raisins)

Method:

1) Preheat over to 325 degrees

2) Place oats in a large bowl

3) Add mixed nuts & salt

4) Add Vanilla

5) Add Honey and canola oil, mix thoroughly in large bowl

6) Line sheet pan with parchment paper and spread granola mixture evenly on the pan

7) Place granola in preheated oven. Bake for 25 minutes rotating once.

8) Granola should look golden brown when finished. Place granola on cooling rack and gently stir in 1 cup of dried fruit (optional)

9) Let granola cool completely. When granola is completely cooled it will be hard. Break granola up into pieces and store in an airtight container or ziploc bag. Granola should keep for several weeks.

I added a small handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips once the granola was cooled 🙂

My favorite way to eat granola is mixed in with yogurt!

What’s your favorite way to eat granola?

Have a great day!!!!!!


16 Responses

  1. sophia said on October 20, 2009 at 2:41 am

    I would be a proud mama, too, if my baby was that beautiful and adorable!
    Granola is so expensive, it’s silly not to make your own, esp since it’s so easy to make! Thanks for the recipe! I like mine warmed up with a bit of milk and chocolate chunks in there melting!

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on October 20, 2009 at 8:15 am

      I’ve never had granola warmed up!! That’s sounds so good with milk and melting chocolate chunks!!! I must give it a try!!

  2. Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said on October 20, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I love granola in yogurt too 🙂
    And your baby is just adorable! Hooray for rolling over!

  3. Lisa said on October 20, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Your granola looks delish! How essential is the canola oil in the recipe? Do you think it can be made without it? I like eating granola on top of frozen yogurt. Yum!

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on October 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Lisa!

      You can definitely make it without canola oil! I would make sure to keep the nuts so the oats absorb some of the fat from the nuts in the cooking process. Granola and frozen yogurt sounds gooood!!!

  4. Lauren said on October 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I just came across your blog. I was planning on making home-made granola this weekend so I’ll def use some of your advice. It looks delish!

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on October 20, 2009 at 8:30 pm

      Lauren, Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂
      Have fun making Granola this weekend!

  5. Kristen @ Simply Savor said on October 20, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    omg what a beautiful baby! you should be one proud mama!

    thank you so much for the granola recipe–i looove granola but agree with you that its so hard to find healthy store brands! can’t wait to try this out. have a wonderful day:)

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on October 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Kristen! she is pretty cute 🙂 I’m biased though 😉

  6. Karine said on October 20, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Homemade granola is wonderful. It love your version: it looks delicious!

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on October 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Karine – Thanks for visiting! Homemade granola is the best!

  7. Hangry Pants said on October 20, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    That is one cute baby!

  8. Holly said on October 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    she is adorable! and i have never made homemade granola – but it looks so easy, i have no reason not to try it!

  9. Candice said on October 21, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Curiosity question… what would be the shelf life of the granola? Enjoy your blog, thanks!

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on October 22, 2009 at 9:07 am

      Hi Candice,

      Homemade granola has a shelf life of 1 week to 1 months… it depends on the fruit. If you omit the dried fruit, it can last for 2-3 weeks.