Reformed Grits

Honey-Nut Granola
December 15, 2008, 10:22 am
Filed under: Food and Drink

I've been making this recently and my kids eat it with yogurt for breakfast, especially Greek-style which I began to love on the last trip to Scotland where it seems everyone eats it!  (Greek yogurt I mean, which is also spelled "yoghurt" or something like that… Anyhow, I digress….)
The Greek yogurt you can get at Publix, I know, and there is an "Oikos" brand or something and then there is the Cabot, I believe.  I may be wrong about that but I'd encourage you to try it.  Yes, it's terribly fattening but you can get the low fat kind.  I'm serious, look at the label.  I think butter has less fat. 
Ok, So here's the recipe with my comments included because heaven knows I can't just post a recipe without commentary… I got this from Southern Living, of course. 

Honey-Nut Granola
    (that links to the original recipe)

18 oz. regular oats (not quick oats, but the rolled.  Not steel-cut either…)  this is about 6 cups
2 1/2 c. coarsely chopped pecans
2/3 c. toasted wheat germ
1/4 c. sesame seeds (I use flax seeds, whole, not ground)
2 c. sweetened coconut (the recipe says optional but I think it should be MANDATORY!!!)
1 c. butter (hey, I never said it was healthy just because it's granola… )
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
2 t. vanilla extract (store bought works fine, haha, but for the love of all that is good use PURE not imitation… )
1/4 t. salt
6 oz. cranberries (we don't use these but it would be delicious and festive for Christmas I'm sure!)

Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. 
Combine butter and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Pour over oat mixture; stir until evenly coated.  Divide mixture evenly btwn 2 lightly greased 15×10 jelly-roll pans.
Position 1 oven rack about 6 inches from top heating element in oven; place a second oven rack about 6 inches from bottom heating element.  Place 1 pan on each rack.
Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes or until toasted, stirring every 10 minutes and switching position of baking sheets after first 15 minutes.  Spread granola on wax paper to cool completely.  Add dried cranberries.  Store in airtite container at room temp up to 3 days or freeze up to 6 months. 


4 Comments so far
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Sounds yummy! Just don’t have the time to tackle another thing right now!

Comment by DeeDee ONeal

Oh my kids would so love the granola, especially with the cranberries!! Better copy this down.

Comment by Tammy

Alright, you lost me at jelly-roll pans! What if you make it and I buy it….sounds good to me.

Comment by Amanda

Amanda, a jellyroll pan is a “cookie sheet.” It just has an edge to it where as a TRUE cookie sheet doesn’t. Actually this recipe is VERY VERY easy to do! I promise, if you try it you’ll be super impressed with yourself!!!!! 🙂

Comment by reformedgrits

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