Monday, April 4, 2011


So quick and easy, and yet SO delish! This is awesome sprinkled over yogurt, with ice cold milk poured on top, or, quite frankly, just eaten plain. I love this stuff!

What's great about this recipe is that it is so customizable. (Is that even a word? Hmm...) You can change the recipe to suit what you like best, and try out something new every time you make it. Score!

Quick and Easy But Delicious Granola
Adapted from The Bread Beckers Recipe Collection p. 51
Makes about 7-8 cups

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (or more butter)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups rolled oats (or old-fashioned)
1 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup craisins or raisins

In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and craisins (or you can add in the craisins after baking). Set aside.

In a saucepan, melt together the butter, coconut oil, honey, and maple syrup. Boil for about a minute. Stir in almond extract. Pour over oat mixture and stir until everything is well coated.

Bake at 400° for about 30 minutes, then give the mixture a stir, and bake for an additional 15-30 minutes (stirring every 5 minutes) until granola is a deep golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. (You will probably need to stir it occasionally while it cools to keep it from sticking together too much). Enjoy!

Feel free to play around with this recipe, and adjust it to your preference. You can change up the nuts, and other mix-ins; add vanilla, cinnamon (or other spices) to the syrup mixture; or alter anything else to make it your own. If using craisins or raisins, you can add them before baking or after baking, depending on how chewy you like them. Have fun!

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