A Recent Favorite Recipe for Granola

Have you looked at the ingredients and calories in the granola you find in the grocery store? Even the selections in the healthy section are full of sugar. We are trying to limit gluten, sugar and fat, so I began looking for a low-sugar, low-fat, gluten-free granola recipe. Funny! The calories were still pretty much sky-high! I persisted and found Joy the Baker and decided to try her recipe (you will want to look…her pictures are so pretty!)  I made half a recipe first, just to try it…by now we have made the full recipe twice. My husband even made it once!

image  The ingredients

image The dry ingredients

I forgot to take a picture of the liquid ingredients, but it is basically oil (calls for coconut), honey and a nut butter.

image Mixing it up

Remember your mom making meatloaf…using her hands? Maybe you still make it this way. I really don’t like to get my hands in there, but it really works great for this mixture!

image Ready to bake

I linked to the recipe above, but here is a picture of my copy….showing some notes to our taste.

















Baking the granola requires a few times stirring for even browning. I notice a variation depending on the pan used and how deep the cereal is in that pan. This time I did a taste test to see if it is better a bit more brown. My husband preferred the lighter color.

image I think I like the darker one.

There are so many variables you can use for this recipe:
Different oils – coconut is more sweet; less is more, if you like it without clumps
Different nut butters – what does your family like? Peanut? Almond? Cashew?
More or less sweetener – Honey? Maple syrup? Brown sugar? How about some coconut?
Nuts about nuts? Try walnuts or pecans.
Want a little spice? How about some cinnamon?

Have fun with this one. Try it a different way each batch! It is filling, nutritious and better than all those you find on the shelf in the market…well, we think so! And another good thing….no preservatives!  It doesn’t last that long anyway!

Oh, why not try it for some dessert ideas too? On top of baked fruits? Or just a handful for a quick bite of energy?

Let us know how you made it and any tweaks or ideas you can share!