Honey Maple Granola

May 12th, 2008

I have never really thought of myself as a hippie.  I do not wear birkenstocks, I do not own anything tie-dyed, I am hopelessly addicted to Gossip Girl.  Pretty un-hippie-ish, if you ask me.  And yet, one Sunday, I felt this inexplicable tug, whispering into my ear, “homemade granola.”

Um, excuse me?  Homemade granola?  Seriously?

But that little whisper became a craving, and soon I was sitting over a bowl of oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and farmer’s market honey and maple syrup.  And you know what?  I was a pretty happy little wannabe-hippie.

Because this stuff is really, really good.  So good that I’m shocked at how quickly it was eaten — let’s just say that “breakfast for the week” soon became “after dinner snack.”  And by Wednesday, I was back to eating instant oatmeal at my desk, because my lovely bag of homemade granola was a (fond) memory.

I will also say, that if you are looking for healthy breakfast options on a budget, this recipe is about as good as you can get.  I bought oatmeal, raisins, cashews and pumpkin seeds from bulk bins at my favorite health food store, and I think all together they cost about $2.  And, a quick note on maple syrup — I buy Grade A Dark Amber syrup from the farmer’s market to use for baking, and it has an incredible strong maple flavor.  If you can get your hands on a bottle of it, definitely give it a try!

In fact, give this whole recipe a try.  It’s worth embracing your inner hippie.

Honey Maple Granola

1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
4 tbsp maple syrup (I use “Grade A Dark Amber” maple syrup in baking)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the raisins.
3. Spread out the granola on a baking sheet lined with silipat, or on a nonstick baking sheet.
4. Bake the granola for about 30 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes or so.  Remove from oven, allow to cool, and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks (if it lasts that long!).

Makes about 2 cups of granola.

Tags: Breakfast and Brunch · food

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ann // May 12, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Oh yes… I absolutely love good granola sprinkled on Greek yogurt with a some fruit for breakfast. Your recipe looks wonderful… delicious AND healthy.

  • 2 rachel // May 12, 2008 at 8:27 am

    This looks great and I normally not a granola fan!

  • 3 Erin // May 12, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Is that your dog?!  If so he’s so cute!  I really really want to get a dog.  Can you tell?  I covet everyone’s pets these days.

    Granola is the gift that keeps on giving.  Great job!

  • 4 katy // May 12, 2008 at 9:02 am

    He’s one of my two dogs – he has a twin sister too!  However, he’s the one who jumps up on my kitchen table whenever I turn my back to him — at Thanksgiving dinner, he stole an entire stalk of broccoli off my mom’s plate and RAN!

  • 5 NuJoi // May 12, 2008 at 9:35 am

    That looks wonderful!!!

  • 6 Elle // May 12, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I love homemade granola!  And it’s so easy, isn’t it?  Sweet little dog, too!

  • 7 mimi // May 12, 2008 at 10:00 am

    wonderful granola, would love some for breakfast right now! and i must have the kitty version of your pooch. the minute i turn around, she’s up there on the table acting like a beast! next time i’ll have to get a photo of her!

  • 8 VeggieGirl // May 12, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Katy, wow, you and I are a LOT alike – I do not own anything tie-dyed or any birkenstocks; and Gossip Girl is one of my all-time favorite shows (and book series – it’s definitely a guilt pleasure, and a nice break from college reading assignments, haha). I’m a vegan, but definitely NOT a hippie; and homemade granola is truly delicious :0)

    Your dog is quite adorable!

  • 9 Calvin // May 12, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Granola is delicious; that is, when I can get my paws on some.

  • 10 Jen (Modern Beet) // May 12, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    seriously, why all the hippie-hating?? πŸ™‚

    I have two pairs of birkenstocks (both well over 10 years old), my kitchen apron is blue and green tie-dye, and I have never heard of Gossip Girl…  I guess that makes me… a hippie!

    anyhow, I’ve never made homemade granola, but it looks super delicious, and quite easy.  I just found some succulent semi-dried figs at the market the other day, which I think would also go very nicely in the mix.

  • 11 emily // May 12, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    i love tie-die and gossip girl.  speaking of which, the last episode was insane !! This looks delicious…I might add a heaping table spoon of salt… but that’s clearly not the healthiest thing to do!! I can’t wait to cook with you (i.e. eat your food) starting this summer!!!!!!!
    xoxo you know you love me

  • 12 katy // May 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Jen — Ha!  I actually did have a pair of Birkenstocks as a kid (summer camp in Burlington, VT will do that to you). πŸ™‚ I would gladly wear them again if you’ll send some of those figs my way…

    VeggieGirl — OH, I read the books too!  Perfect subway reading… and Saturday afternoon reading…. Except my friends keep borrowing them and not returning them!  Grrrrr….

  • 13 brilynn // May 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    You can’t go wrong with maple, honey and cashews, I’ve bookmarked this to try!

  • 14 Kevin // May 12, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    This homemade granola looks and sounds really good.  I have been wanting to try making granola for a while now.

  • 15 Marc @ No Recipes // May 12, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Yumm! I just had a disappointing batch of granola from ‘wichcraft today. It’s normally amazing, but it was burnt today and the yogurt they serve it on which is normally amazing was watery and a huge letdown. It left me thinking I need to figure out how to make my own granola and strained yogurt. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 16 My Sweet & Saucy // May 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I love homemade granola!  This recipe looks great!

  • 17 Tarah // May 12, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    I absolutely love homemade granola. The best kind in my opinion. Yours look like a great morning breakfast :]

  • 18 SP // May 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    This sounds perfect–I looked into homemade granola before but ran into a roadblock:
    ” I bought oatmeal, raisins, cashews and pumpkin seeds from bulk bins at my favorite health food store, and I think all together they cost about $2.”

    I have no idea where to find bulk bins.  I looked for ingredients at Trader Joe’s but they were fancy little bags, much to expensive to make it worth it.

    I’ll have to check out some health food stores…

  • 19 katie // May 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Your granola looks lovely….
    And I’m all excited because I just found an internet site with free dilivery on Birkenstocks…. I love those things – so comfortable and they last forever.
    They may leave something in the style department, but, when one is in the middle of nowhere…

  • 20 katy // May 13, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    SP — Yeah, our Whole Foods don’t have bins either, although the one I went to in North Carolina this weekend did!  Look for health food stores that stock organic/natural packaged foods and tons of vitamins — not so much the supermarket-type stores.  They’re more likely to have bulk bins — but once you find them, you won’t go back!  The nuts I get from the bins are sooooo much fresher than the packaged ones you can buy!

  • 21 Paula // May 14, 2008 at 8:09 am

    The granola looks super. I would love that on top of some yogurt. Love the photo with your dog, what a cutie!

  • 22 edamame // May 14, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Your site gave the devil in my heart big power. The devil said to me. “Eat this thing which I was sweet, and seemed to be delicious” As a result, I lost a fight with the devil. I was dieting so… (?_?)
    From Japan

  • 23 Patricia Scarpin // May 14, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I would love some of this, Katy!

  • 24 Kristen // May 14, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Katy – You should try making homemade granola bars next.  My favorite court marshall last year Tina made them for us, and they were so cute and tasty.

    Emily – love the “xoxo you know you love me” part.  Totally heard Kristin Bell’s voice. πŸ™‚

    PS. I”M HOME!  Well, for another week or so, and then off to Germany.

  • 25 Cakespy // May 14, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I’m right there with you Katy–my mantra is “Bad things happen when you leave the city”. So while I can’t embrace the granola culture, I can certainly embrace this granola! πŸ™‚

  • 26 Laura // May 14, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I love homemade granola.  Thanks for visiting my blog the other day-always nice to meet other “Katys”.  Your blog is absolutely beautiful!

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  • 28 Joy the Baker // May 16, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    You’re right, you can’t be a hippie and watch Gossip Girls at the same time.  You can however, eat homemade granola and watch Gossip Girls… that works…

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    Calvin is sooo cute!! We wanna hug and kiss him. Where’s Coco? We wanna see Coco!
    Oh, back to the food….love the granola too. I totally believe you that these are really, really, really good! ( I added an extra “really” in there!)

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  • 33 Jason Adams // Jun 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Looks great and our family makes pretty close to the same recipe for Granola, and just like you, we are far from being hippies!

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    As newly registered user i only want to say hi to everyone else who uses this bbs πŸ™‚

  • 36 Mark S // Jan 6, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I love granola and am going to gather it up tomorrow when I get up.  I am excited to make some personalized granola for mass consumption.  I think that I have the same dog.  Lhasa mix?

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