Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Homemade Granola Cereal

I've been meaning to start trying various granola recipes for use as a homemade breakfast cereal. Thanks to Summer at Mothering Herbs I had a good foundation for a recipe.

I increased the amount of nuts/seeds, added some cinnamon, a dash of salt, a tablespoon of coconut oil, and swapped part of the honey for molasses. My initial testing seems to suggest that with the increase in nut volume I probably need to increase the honey content as well to aid in binding.

My first attempt recipe:

10 cups of oats
1.25 cups of honey
3/4 cup of molasses
1 cup of chopped roasted almonds
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 cup of raw sunflower meats
1/3 cup of flax seed
1 cup of coconut flakes
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Bring honey and molasses to a boil in a pot then remove from heat and stir in oil and vanilla. Then pour hot mixture over bowl of dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Spread mixture on to 2 or 3 greased cookie sheets and bake for 1.5 hours (or until sufficiently brownish) stirring every 20 minutes.

Let cool and then store in a cereal container or Tupperware.

Optional changes:

I increased the nut amount from the original 2 cups but didn't increase the sweetener/binder any which seems to be making my batch not bunch up real well. So I would recommend increasing the honey content when increasing the nuts and seeds. I am considering trying some peanut butter in with a new batch or infusing some smushed blackberries into the honey mixture. Don't forget to add fruit when you're getting ready to eat your cereal or changing up the kinds of nuts and/or seeds you use based on your tastes (Summer suggests adding chia seeds but i didn't have any on hand).

Feel free to add any suggestions for changes or optional ingredients in the comments!

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1 comment:

  1. I'd increase the coconut oil instead. Think about what honey vs coconut oil looks like at room temp, right? The coconut oil is better for you since it won't raise your blood sugar like honey will and the coconut oil will give u those nice clumps of granola we all like best!


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