Monday, November 17, 2008

Maple Pecan Granola

This post has been a long time coming. A while back I made breakfast for my day at work and part of my mission that day was to make as much as possible from scratch. Kind of like a mini challenge to myself. So I went searching for granola recipes and could not find a single one that I really liked. So after reading about 20 recipes I decided to just come up with my own. So this is what I came up with and P really likes it. He never really asks for anything because I'm always making something and he happily enjoys tasting my creations but he says I can just keep the container full at all times and that is ok by him. It makes a great addition to a parfait, or as a bowl of cereal in the morning.


Maple Pecan Granola

4 cups of old fashioned oats

1 cup of coconut

1 ½ cups of roughly chopped pecans ( I smash them with the back of a measuring cup)

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 stick of unsalted butter

½ cup of honey

¼ cup of maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix together the oats, coconut, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a small sauce pan melt the butter, honey and maple syrup together until it just starts to simmer. Pour over the oat mixture stir to combine. Make sure you bring the bottom of the bowl to the top so that everything gets coated. Spread onto 2 half sheet pans and bake for 30 minutes. Stirring often and rotating the pans halfway through. If you are using a darker non stick pan it might not take as long so keep an eye on it.

7 comments:

  1. That looks great - I am all about homemade granola and pretty much make it weekly. We put it on so many things and love it.

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  2. sounds yummy! I may have to make this and maybe stick some dried fruit in there too! :)

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  3. I love granola, this sounds like a winning recipe!

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  4. Katie, this sounds like a great granola.

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  5. some things i'm too lazy to make myself when store-bought is good enough. granola is one item that's always better homemade. yours sounds wonderful. :)

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  6. I'll come here to lick my screen tomorrow morning for breakfast!

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  7. I make a double batch of this granola about every 2 weeks-it is our regular breakfast. The only additions/changes I make are: 1) I add 1 cup brown rice (like rice crispies) cereal for additional crunch, and 2) occasionally I will add 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice for added yum. The great thing about this granola is its versatility. We eat it cold, like cereal, with milk, we eat it as a topping on yogurt and fruit, we add milk and heat it up like oatmeal, and its even really great over coffee ice cream! I'm going to make a batch right now :)

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