Weekend Brunch: Homemade Vanilla Granola

You haven’t had granola until you’ve had homemade. The texture is totally different than something that’s been on a store shelf for who-knows-how-long, and it’s easy and cheap enough to make a large batch every weekend and keep some on hand after the weekend for a healthy breakfast or easy snack. It’s also a great feature at a weekend brunch with your friends. Nothing says “welcome” like freshly baked, homemade lovin’.

You will need:

  • 3 cups of rolled oats (NOT instant)
  • 1 cup of nuts – any type you like
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Dried fruit or chocolate chips, if you like
  • Heavy pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp. vanilla

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees – yep, this is a slow, low-temperature bake. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl first- the oats, nuts and brown sugar, and mix together.

Next measure out the wet ingredients…

and add them too.

Stir everything together. It’s important that everything has at least some coating of sugar, syrup and oil.

Spread the mixture onto two cookie sheets covered in either parchment paper or silpats. There’s going to be a lot of melted sugar, so having something to avoid a lot of mess on your pans is going to save you a lot of trouble.

Bake for one hour, stirring and switching the trays every 15 minutes or so (while the timing’s not that important, the stirring is. The melting sugar will leave you with a full sheet of granola stuck together if you don’t stir!). Add any non-bakeable ingredients – dried fruit, chocolate, marshmallows, etc., after you pull it out of the oven. And if it’s something that can melt, give the granola a few minutes to cool.

It’s great served warm with milk or yogurt.

Store in an airtight container and it will keep for over a week, but it probably won’t last that long! You can also mix up the flavors for a different cereal every time:

  • Dried cranberries, almonds and vanilla
  • Fresh apples and raisins (my favorite)
  • Cinnamon and molasses instead of syrup
  • Chocolate chips and marshmallows
  • Dried mango and macadamia nuts
  • Broken up candy bars (you can buy baking bits that are broken up Heath bars… YUM)

4 Comments »

  1. I made this–It was AMAZING! I used the maple syrup, sliced almonds, pecan pieces, and dried blueberries! I couldn’t stop munching on it as it cooled! I can’t wait to eat it tomorrow morning with vanilla bean yogurt!

    Comment by Meghan Smith — July 24, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

  2. Thanks for reading, Meghan! 🙂 I’m glad you liked the granola… love the sliced almond idea. I’m totally going to try that.

    Comment by rbkhubbard — July 27, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  3. Wow! I have a friend coming for brunch who doesn’t like eggs so I decided to make veggie biscuits n gravy and parfaits featuring this granola, yogurt, cherries and apricots. It is so yummy!!!

    Comment by KateinChicago — July 29, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

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