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How to Make Granola

posted in Appetizers and Snacks, Breakfast and Brunch, Recipes by Emily Chapelle

Granola can be delicious as a breakfast cereal, a topping for yogurt (or ice cream!), a trail mix, or in a snack bar form. It is a mixture of grains, nuts and (usually) dried fruit, sometimes coated with oil and honey, with or without brown sugar. Sometimes, it is called muesli (the German word for “mixture”), but it’s really the same thing.

Making it at home is a simple way to create a high-protein, high-fiber snack. The fats in granola are typically “good fats” from nuts and seeds, and the calories are the type that will give you long-lasting energy for hikes or a hectic day of errands and work.

Despite the simple composition of granola, most people don’t think about making it themselves. Or if they do, they wonder, “What if I do it wrong? What if it doesn’t taste right?

That’s the beauty of granola! There are endless combinations that are all RIGHT! If you’re allergic to tree nuts, try peanuts instead. If you can’t stand peanuts, maybe soy nuts would be better for you. If the texture of too many oats bothers you, or if you are on a gluten-free diet, maybe a version of granola with puffed rice is more your speed.

Granola is typically toasted in the oven. Make sure to stir every few minutes to avoid burning it, and add the dried fruit after the grains are finished toasting.

Does One of These Granola Recipes Sound Good to You?

  • Here’s a lightened-up version of granola with coconut, almonds and blueberries, and sweetened with fruit juice.
  • Applesauce granola uses applesauce, rather than oil, to achieve a chunky texture. The recipe also offers ideas for mixing and matching nuts and fruit.
  • Here’s a classic granola recipe with coconut, almonds, raisins, and honey. It makes a ton!
  • If you’ve got flax seeds and walnuts kicking around, here’s a pared-down, but delicious granola mixture.
  • Is this spiced granola, as the author claims, the best granola ever? You be the judge.

How About Granola Bars?

Here’s a recipe and step-by-step directions (with LOTS of photos) for making your own granola bars. For another twist, try these Earthy, Crunchy Granola Bars or Coconut Almond Granola Bars.

Any way you eat your granola, the key is to enjoy it thoroughly! Now, go forth and mix grains!

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5 Comments

Donna said:

Hi Kathy!
Thanks so much for linking to my Honey Raisin & Nut Granola Recipe! I’ve been making this granola for over 20 years with different variations along the way, including Trail Mix and Granola Bars.

Here’s a link to my blog post that goes into more detail: Spatulas, Corkscrews & Suitcases.

BTW, I LOVE your site. The podcasts are great!
I downloaded a bunch from iTunes today.

You Rock!

Kathy Maister said:

Hi Donna, I love your recipes! You know how to make eating healthy look like lots of fun!

ellaella said:

There are some wonderful ideas and recipes here. Much as I love granola I rarely think to buy it. I’ll have to try making it — and if I save some money in the process, so much the better. Thanks!

SeaBird said:

I haven’t made granola in a long time – this post convinced me to start up again! And I love the toasted coconut addition!

joy said:

Wow…these granola recipes look reall tasty!