Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Best Granola Recipe


The Best Granola Recipe | Buttered Side Up
The Best Granola Recipe | Buttered Side Up
The Best Granola Recipe | Buttered Side Up

I have been making this granola recipe for over five years. You know a recipe is gold when you keep going back to it after trying many others.

Sure, it's fun to try new recipes and flavors. But somehow I always return to this tried and true granola. It really can't be beat for its simple, hearty, wonderful flavor.

Waaaay back in 2009 I first posted about this recipe on Cooking for Seven. I had found the recipe on my then-online baking bible: Joy of Baking. For some reason Stephanie (the author of that website) decided to change the recipe she had online. I felt very fortunate to have saved the original before it was moved.

And so I felt that I should share this recipe with ya'll again. It will forever be my favorite granola. 




And in the style of Top With Cinnamon, I had to share a gif of Reuben pouring milk over the granola. I convinced him, still bleary-eyed from sleep, to help a food-blogger-girl out.





The Best Granola Recipe
adapted from Joy of Baking | makes about five cups | Printable Page

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup of shredded or chipped coconut
  • 1 cup nuts of choice, coarsely chopped (I love pecans)
  • 1/4 teaspoon real salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried fruits (cranberries, cherries, apricots, raisins, dates, etc.), optional (I usually leave these out)
Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. 

2) In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, nuts, and salt.

3) In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Remove from heat and stir in the honey, maple syrup and vanilla. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together, making sure all of the dry ingredients are evenly coated.

4) Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and baking in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Stir the granola every 10 minutes and rotate the pan halfway through baking.

5) Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack. Once the granola is completely cool you may stir in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, or in the refrigerator or freezer for longer storage.

14 comments:

  1. Erica,
    I'm looking forward to making some granola! I love the recipe!

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  2. This granola truly looks perfect! It has everything I love in a granola recipe :)

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  3. I have 2 favorite granola recipes - could this be the third? I will try it! Just got in the mood for granola recently - it's a hot-weather food for me.

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    1. I know what you mean about hot weather - you don't want a hot breakfast! What are your two favorite granola recipes like? :)

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  4. http://thriftathome.blogspot.com/2012/07/another-great-granola.html

    and

    with peanut butter and blackstrap molasses

    http://thriftathome.blogspot.com/2010/06/hot-weather-granola.html

    I'm back here to print out your recipe!

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    1. Thanks for sharing - and hope you enjoy the granola! :)

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    2. we loved it! On the third batch now. Definitely adding this recipe to my favorites.

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    3. Hooray! I can't tell you how happy I am that you guys enjoyed this. :)

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  5. Is there a way to make them bars? I've never made granola and I've been looking for a good, easy, healthy snack like granola bars. Thank you!!!

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    1. I've never made this particular granola into bars, but I suppose it might work if you increased the butter and honey a little and pressed it into a pan. But they would be pretty crumbly, I would think.

      I made some no-bake granola bars that were quite good once. You can find the recipe here: http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/11/no-bake-granola-bars/

      Hope that helps!

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  6. A couple years ago I was searching for a granola recipe, remembered this one, made it, and have never searched for another granola recipe again. I'm totally convinced that this is the simply the best granola one could ever eat. I've been asked for the recipe more times than I can count.

    I don't comment much, but I've been following you for several years; I love you, love your blog, love your baby, love your recipes, love your photos, and love the glimpses we get into your life every now and then. :) Blessings to you ~ Jeremiah 9:23-24

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  7. Aw, this is the nicest comment I've received in a while. Thank you ever so much for the encouragement!

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