homemade granola

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it's been too long. making a batch today. saw a recipe that used tahini so gonna incorporate that. guess i'll go put on some grateful dead while i'm at it
brazil nuts
sliced almonds
pumpkin seeds
chia seeds
maple syrup
coconut oil

freedom is not having to measure life with a ruler (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 13 May 2017 18:58 (six years ago) link

I just pulled a batch of granola out of the oven half an hour ago. I'm very happy with the recipe. So much so that I've been making it consistently since the 1970s. I have the recipe memorized by now.

In a saucepan, combine:

1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use sunflower oil)
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbs molasses
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Warm these at low heat for a few minutes until they are warm and runny.
In a large mixing bowl combine, mixing well:

8 or 9 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 235 degrees (not a typo). Now add 3/4 cup of nonfat dry milk powder to the warmed oil/honey mixture and stir it in. Pour into the oats/nuts mixture and mix until oats/nuts are well-coated. Use your hands if you need to.

Spread out the granola on a couple of cookie sheets. Bake on middle rack(s) at 235 for at least 90 minutes, but a full 2 hours will toast everything beautifully. Remove, let cool for 10 or 15 minutes. Store in covered container(s). Eat. Enjoy.

NOTES: It is easy to monkey around with this by adding cardamom, nutmeg, different nuts or seeds for variety. I never add dried fruit before baking - it gets baked to a crisp - but it is OK to add some in after baking.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 13 May 2017 20:23 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

Wish I'd looked at thread first and that I'd done that tahini recipe again. Anyways first batch in a few years iirc. Just oats, almonds, sesame seeds, coconut, butter/coconut oil combo, maple syrup. Super basic, and will love it with whatever added fruit

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 5 November 2022 23:17 (one year ago) link

we try to do this often because of food allergies to nuts in commercial granola

often comes out kind of falling apart but I will try above resupee

| (Latham Green), Sunday, 6 November 2022 15:43 (one year ago) link

I'm very interested in making my own blend thanks to this thread, but I was wondering what the foundations are. Oats (duh), some melty ingredient to bind it together, some fat, and some sweetener (last three possibly overlapping). Anything else before getting to the add ins?

Rabbity Gainsborough (Leee), Saturday, 12 November 2022 02:45 (one year ago) link

no, it's that simple. a flake (oats, rye, spelt, etc), fat (usu use butter, but canola and coconut oils work fine), and sugar (usu maple bcuz it's on hand)

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 13 November 2022 20:12 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just made own batch, not too bad though my oven starts at 350 so I'll have to reduce bake time next time.

As for fruit, I've read about soaking for 30 minutes and throwing it in with everything else so that's it better incorporated in the clumps, does anyone have experience with that method?

Rabbity Gainsborough (Leee), Saturday, 3 December 2022 05:17 (one year ago) link

Sounds reasonable. I generally leave fruit out and add what's at hand when I have a bowl

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 4 December 2022 00:20 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

If my granola's coming out a bit soft and soggy, is that because I piled them in too thick of a layer?

Shartreuse (Leee), Friday, 24 February 2023 05:16 (one year ago) link

Im suddenly wondering if I can make granola in a bread machine

| (Latham Green), Monday, 27 February 2023 18:45 (one year ago) link

could well be a factor, Leee. other things that come to mind - is it actually toasted enough? is the oven temp too high maybe? is there too much liquid/moisture in the recipe? i accidentally put too much oil or butter in a batch awhile back and i had to bake for quite a while to get the moisture out. ended up quite toasted but not burnt.

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 4 March 2023 17:04 (one year ago) link

The oats darkened but my oven's lowest temperature is 350, so maybe I shouldn't even bother preheating the next time I make a batch.

Shartreuse (Leee), Saturday, 4 March 2023 17:38 (one year ago) link

preheating shouldn't matter one way or the other for granola, imo. have you tried other recipes with similar result? to me "soggy" is making me question the recipe.

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 4 March 2023 19:46 (one year ago) link

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