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Crunchy Like Granola.

I make my own granola.

Sounds quaint, I know.  Like knitting my own socks or preserving my own peaches or churning my own butter.

But the thing is, I like granola.  It’s a fantastic breakfast, it’s healthy-ish, and it’s crazy easy to make.

I mean, basically you mix a bunch of stuff together, then mix a bunch of other stuff together, then mix the two mixtures together, then bake.

Heck.  You don’t even have to bake it if you don’t really want to.

To make it, you will need pretty much anything you want.  You can use the recipe below as a guide, but don’t be afraid to get a little crazy.  Like agave nectar instead of honey?  Use it.  Prefer vegetable oil to coconut oil?  Be my guest.  Crazy about oat bran?  Substitute for some of the ground flax and toss it on in.  If you want your granola to be more sticky and less crumbly, make more of the “wet” part (step 2) and cook a little less.

This can get a little pricy, depending on the ingredients you choose, but it makes a lot.  If you were to buy the same amount from the store, you’d not only be spending mucho deniro, but you’d be getting all kinds of not-so-awesome added sugars and preservatives and all of that crap that makes us feel slow and drudgy instead of awesome and powerful.

Here’s what I used in my last batch:

  • 4 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (vegetable oil works, too)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Optional additions:
  • Raisins
  • Craisins
  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips, etc.

1)  Mix the first 7 ingredients (oats, wheat germ, flax, sunflower seeds, and nuts) together in a very large mixing bowl.

2)  Mix the last 7 ingredients (salt, sugar, syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla) together in a sauce pan, heat over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil for 1 minute.

3)  Pour the wet stuff into the bowl with the dry stuff and stir to combine.

4)  Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, then spread the mixture evenly and bake at 300-degrees F for 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through.  It will keep cooking for a bit after you remove it, so don’t worry if it’s not completely crunchy before you take it out.  If you like it softer, bake it less.  There really are no rules — just don’t burn it.  That’s easy to do, so watch closely as you start to near the end of your cooking time.

Once you take it out, add your raisins or chocolate or whatever your little heart desires.  I prefer mine plain.

Let it cool on the sheet before storing it in an air-tight container.

5)  Serve however you’d like!  My favorite is over vanilla or plain yogurt with sliced strawberries.

Mmmm.  All I have left to do is put my hair in dreads and buy some hemp pants and I can officially call myself crunchy.

But really, with granola like this, that’s not a bad way to be.

Also, it will make you feel awesome and powerful.  I promise.

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Comments

KatRichter
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You hippie, you! Looks yummy though. Alas, way too many ingredients for me to even think about but someday in my future life when I listen to jazz and drink expensive wine while making dinner, perhaps I’ll give it a shot :)

Katie
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Your comment initially got spammed! How weird! Anyway, just found it. It’s a lot of ingredients, but very little work. You should try it!

Jamie
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Okay, I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine. Only because you live so far away and you won’t dip in to my own stocks at my grocery store. The liberte Coconut Greek Yogurt with that granola would be amazing. I’m not sure if you have had it or if you can get it in your area but it’s as good if not better than sex. Each spoonful of this yogurt enters you into a world of happiness filled with taste buds bursting and a warm fluffy feeling like just taking warm sheets out of the dryer. Don’t forget to stir it because all the coconut settle to the bottom. It’s good by itself, it’s good with fruits, it’s good with granola. Hell, you could throw some dirt in there and it would still taste amazing.

Liberte. Coconut. Greek. Yogurt. Try it. You won’t be disappointed. It will change your life forever.

Katie
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Oooh I will definitely keep my eye out for that! I’m not sure whether I can get it around her or not…

Katie
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O.M.G. Omg omgomg. Found the Liberte coconut. Tried the Liberte coconut. Died while eating the Liberte coconut.

I think I want to have its babies.

Is that weird?

NovaBlast
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Looks yummy granola is really good if you sprinkle it on ice cream makes a really good topping to

Katie
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I’ve never had it on ice cream! I will definitely give that a whirl.

Stephanie
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I love that you put butterscotch chips in your granola. I think that takes you out of the realm of crunchy and into the realm of… I don’t know, but something else. I’m pretty sure that real crunchy people eschew butterscotch chips on some kind of moral ground or something.

Stephanie
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Dang. Hit send early. Wanted to also say that yes, Liberte yogurt is wonderful. The mediterranean stuff. Any flavour.

Katie
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Butterscotch makes my world go ’round.

I wonder if that yogurt is a Canadian thing? I’m going to try to contain my ADD long enough to remember to check for it at the store today. ;)

RHome410 @ Friday is Pizza, Monday is Soup
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Yours is pretty similar to our recipe, only I start with 10 – 12 cups of oats. ;-) I do love that I can make it to my own taste and with less sugar, fat, and chemical stuff as in the store-bought kinds. The rate it goes, the last thing granola needs around here is preservatives!

Katie
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Ha! I heard there was an oat shortage in your area… you must be makin’ granola. ;)

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