goin’ granola*

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granola, berkeley, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

I suppose it’s official. I’m a card-carrying member of Berkeley now. Just made my first batch of homemade granola! (Thanks for inspiring me Rachel Cole! She made me the best granola of my life)

Update: Since so many of you asked, here is the recipe! (Thanks again Rachel!) It’s sketchy and imprecise, because well, that’s the fun of it. You can put almost anything you like into it beyond the oats. Just check out the bin food section of your grocery store and see what looks good.

This is what I put in mine:
oats
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds
raw almonds
coconut shavings (big pieces, not the shredded kind)
(other options could be walnuts, dried fruit, flax seeds, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 350 or 375 degrees and when it’s hot, start toasting each item separately in the oven. That’s the real trick. Since they all have different cooking times, it’s helpful to toast each thing on a cookie sheet one at a time and keep adding them to a big bowl. (For example, the coconut took no time at all to get golden brown while the oats took the longest)

For the oats, I put several pats of butter in there and a a few sprinkles of sea salt.

Just keep checking on your cookie sheet and shuffling them around with a spatula to get them to toast evenly.

*My big complaint about store-bought granola and muesli is that they are WAY too sweet. And in the case of granola, too crunchy as well. This brew has no sugar, so for a bit of sweetness, I like to eat mine with some vanilla soy (or almond milk) or yogurt with some honey. (You can also put a bit of honey on the almonds as you toast them for extra yumminess)

Bon Appetit!

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21 Comments

  1. Trish

    Yum!

  2. Liz C.

    How fun! I eat my cereal every morning out of that exact same pyrex bowl:) Love that blue!

  3. Puanani

    Well done, you!
    I make a new batch every Monday morning. It is sinfully easy, isn’t it? We put it on EVERYTHING now.

  4. Heather

    mmmm, that sure looks tasty.

  5. nicole

    so what’s the recipe?? 🙂

  6. Catherine

    oh that looks so good. I want the recipe too!

  7. Caroline

    YUM! I want the bowl too 🙂

  8. Tilly

    Looks yummy! I’ve never had granola here in the UK. Is it the same as muesli but cooked?

  9. Michelle

    mmmm…LOVE granola! I actually accidentally made my own granola the other day when I tried to make granola breakfast bars and they fell apart 🙂

  10. NVT

    Your photography is amazing. Looking at the pasta dish – made me hungry and I’ve only just had lunch!

  11. Lisa

    Looks delicious–and all the merrier in that gorgeous blue bowl, I might add!! 🙂

  12. Belinda Fireman

    You can also bake granola at 200 degrees for several hours, with some stirring now and then – and then leave it in the warm oven, turned off, overnight. I like this method, because I don’t have to worry about getting distracted (by my 3 kids) and burning the granola (which has happened).

  13. Myra

    Here is my all-time fave granola recipe. I make it even easier by doubling the recipe and baking it all together in a large roasting pan. I give it a stir every 10 minutes for about half an hour depending on desired done-ness. Also, I find one cup of honey does the trick if doubling… So good with yogourt or almond milk!
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2007/04/cook-the-book-grainola.html

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