15 May 2010

Weekend Cooking: Maple Granola

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Whenever possible, I like to make my own foods rather than rely on store bought. Granola is so easy to make that I almost always take the time to bake up a big batch. The following recipe is one I've developed over the years. Hope you like it as much as we do.

This makes quite a lot of cereal, so you might want to make a half batch if you're not sure you'll like it.

Candace's Maple Granola
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (sweetened is okay if that's all you can find)
  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil (unflavored)
  • ¾ cup 100% maple syrup (I use grade B)
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups dried fruit (I use a mix)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment (for easier cleanup).

In a large bowl mix together the wheat germ, coconut, oats, nuts, and seeds. Add the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix until the grains and seeds are evenly coated.

Spread the granola in the prepared pan in an even layer, about ½ inch thick. Bake about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown. Repeat for the remaining cereal. Place the warm cereal in a large bowl and let cool completely.

When the cereal has cooled, stir in the fruit and store in an air-tight container or plastic bags.

17 comments:

Julie P. 5/15/10, 6:58 AM  

Sounds delicious. My problem would be that I'd want to eat the entire batch.

Beth 5/15/10, 7:09 AM  

Granola is one of those thing I've always meant to try, but I've never got around to. Thanks for the recipe!

I have a big patch recipe to share today too--homemade whole grain pancake mix! You make a bunch then store it in the freezer!

Jill 5/15/10, 7:36 AM  

I've never made my own granola...This one's going in my "to cook" folder!

caite 5/15/10, 7:39 AM  

I was watching the Barefoot Contessa making some granola on TV the other day. Yours sounds healther.

bermudaonion 5/15/10, 9:34 AM  

We usually don't eat granola, but yours sounds awfully good.

Margot at Joyfully Retired 5/15/10, 11:27 AM  

I love the sound of your recipe. The variety of ingredients sounds very good together. My favorite way to eat granola is on top of a bowl fruit and yogurt. I'm going to give yours a try.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove 5/15/10, 11:29 AM  

This sounds yummy!I have a lot of rolled oats and have been looking for some better uses than just cookies/cookie bars. Sounds like a nice snack to take a long to basball games ths summer!

Heather 5/15/10, 12:58 PM  

sounds like good granola. I will have to give it a try.

I don't have a recipe this week as I have been totally distracted by my son. He had dental surgery (his third) on friday and I couldn't concentrate on something as basic as food preparation. I'll be back next week with something yummy, probably vegetarian for son.

Sandy Nawrot 5/15/10, 1:45 PM  

MMMMMMM. I love homemade granola! I'm definitely going to have to try this one, maybe once school is out and we are looking for a fun project. Oh I can't wait!!!!

Vasilly 5/15/10, 8:59 PM  

This sounds good! I don't eat granola often but I'm going to give this a try!

Michele at Reader's Respite 5/15/10, 9:05 PM  

I've never actually tried making my own granola cereal....instead I bitch about the prices at the grocery and then hide my tiny box of granola away in the laundry room (where evidently no one else in my family ever goes) so no one can eat my precious stash.

Guess I should knock it off and make my own.....you're making it sound too easy (I just know there's a hitch in there somewhere, lol).

Esme 5/16/10, 1:21 AM  

oops sorry-not sure how that title popped up.

leeswammes 5/16/10, 8:51 AM  

Granola is such a mysterious name for a European (I'm from The Netherlands). I guess we'd call it muesli?

I've got a simple English crumble for my Weekend Cooking (click on my name to check it out).

Heather 5/16/10, 12:02 PM  

Hmm....we love granola around here. And I love anything maple. I'll have to try this!

Beth Hoffman 5/16/10, 4:32 PM  

My husband would love this! I'll have to make it for him. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Jane in AUSTRALIA 5/17/10, 6:24 PM  

thanks for the reminder to make my bulk granola, I have been meaning to get to it for ages

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