Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Breakfast Granola

We love granola, we don't always agree which kind so we end up with all different kinds, chocolate granola, banana granola, apple granola. It's endless. So is the collection of bags and boxes cluttering the pantry! We love it on frozen yogurt, unfrozen yogurt, ice cream, fruit, on it's own. So I thought how hard could it be to make that at home? Not hard at all. The hardest part was settling on a recipe. and not burning the whole thing. Ended up taking what I liked from a few recipes I found on the internet and some ideas from my friend, Cindy5NY. Made it plain this first time. The biggest deal is making sure you don't cook it too long. Fine line between good and burnt! I was this close. Ended up with a really good batch, but it was close! Not even a peep from the smoke alarm, also known as the timer!

GRANOLA BEFORE BAKING

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GRANOLA AFTER BAKING

Breakfast was vanilla yogurt and blueberries!



It made about four or five cups of granola, or at least that's what we have in the container. I couldn't help but grab some tastes right out of the oven. A scoop of ice cream would have been a great accompaniment for the warm, freshly baked granola.

Granola
Source: compiled from different recipes on the internet
Printable Recipe

3 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned oats, not quick cooking)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
dried fruit, optional
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, optional

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

In another bowl, combine honey, oil, and salt. Drizzle the honey mixture into the bowl with the oats and mix it all together. Pour onto a large, rimmed sheet pan. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 or 15 minutes. It should be golden brown. Be careful not to burn it.

Remove from oven and cool completely. Add raisins or dried fruit, if you like, and mix until combined. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.

You can use any nuts you like or leave them out, use maple syrup instead of honey. This is just a basic recipe, make it any way you like. Add vanilla extract, add some orange zest, cloves, anything goes!




Joining Mary from The Little Red House for another Mosaic Monday!  Stop by the Little Red House to see lots of fantastic Mosaics every week!

40 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! I have not tried Granola much, but your recipe sounds great.

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  2. There's always great food in your kitchen! Berries and granola go together!

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  3. What a beautiful breakfast. Perfect for this time of year when the berries are plentiful.

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  4. That looks good! I never thought about making my own...yummy! Happy week!...Debbie

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  5. Looks yummy for breakfast and I'd use the maple syrup.

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  6. I should make that myself some time instead of buying it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. That granola not only looks delicious, but it photographed very well. This is actually one of our favorite breakfasts!

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  8. A yummy mosaic, love the pictures framed in black.

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  9. Sounds wonderful and looks even better! You're so ambitious to make your own.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. mmmm! I make my own too and I love it! ::Jill

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  11. Your granola mix looks so good and healthy carol!

    Your comment made me laugh...I had to read that name a few times till it made sense...lol...my Brooklyn accent says it differently..lol!

    Happy Mosaic Monday!

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  12. That looks sooooo yummy! My daughters would love this! Thanks for posting! Thanks also for the nice comment on my blog post!

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  13. Granola and blueberries...now that sounds like a scrumptious combination!

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  14. I love making homemade granola as it's quanity of sweet is your choice and with NO preservatives!Certainly a healthy choice!
    Great idea for a mosaic!

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  15. I like your blog,... nice post keep blogging...

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  16. Yummy. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy MM.

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  17. love it! We love granola too and making it! Thanks for sharing your recipe and for the scrumptious mosaic
    Kathy

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  18. Yum! We love homemade granola at our house, I always double the batch since it's gone so fast! Love your mosaic @ thanks for visiting Color Chic!

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  19. Looks good and so much more healthier then the store brands.
    Joyce

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  20. This looks delicious and I will enjoy trying your recipe!

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  21. I love making my own homemade granola too. That way I can get all the goodies I love in it. This recipe is very similar to the one I like to use. I add the maple syrup when I make it. I'm so glad you didn't burn it :)

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  22. Going to try that this afternoon. Everything is in the pantry. Looks so good with the yogurt. My mouth is watering. Valerie

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  23. I'm ready to eat breakfast again now, that looks delish! Thanks for sharing, have a great week.

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  24. What a lovely mosaic.Nice in a frame.

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  25. I love that mosaic, Carol!

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  26. Great Granola and fantastically framed. Thanks for the recipe.

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  27. This looks so good! The kids would love this for breakfast or a snack! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Hi, sounds yummy! Thank you for the recipe! I hope that you have a wonderful new week!
    Hugs...
    Bobbi

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  29. I love granola-- this sounds actually good enough and easy enough for me to try. :)

    Thanks!
    Great mosaic ..btw.

    Hugs
    Claudia

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  30. I've been wanting to make granola forever. Like you said how hard can it be! Yours looks fabulous! I'm craving blueberries now too. Great looking mosaic.

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  31. Great mosaic Carol! Love the simplicity of granola, and make it all the time.

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  32. I love granola with fruit and yogurt too - the mosaic looks like a fine art piece all framed like that :)

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  33. Looks delicious! Wish I had some this very minute. Your mosaic is adorable today; I love the framing.

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  34. I must try this one!Looks so delicious.

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  35. Saw the pic on GB. Figured you'd have the recipe here. What do you think about using have the sugar/honey mix? Would it be sweet enough?

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  36. Great mosaic..looks very grainy...:)

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  37. Ooooo, yummy! And what a beautiful mosaic! Thanks so much for playing along. :)

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