I've been meaning to share this granola recipe for a long time, but somehow never found the chance. However, today feels most appropriate as we all try to hunker down at home and nourish our families.
My husband and I first fell in love with granola on our honeymoon almost 16 years ago, as we ate it every morning outside of our cabana in Tulum, Mexico. We returned to living in NYC finding that granola was becoming trendy and way too expensive for this coupon-cutting southerner. I was determined to make my own. I dug deep in our recently gifted cookbooks and began adapting a recipe from this book.
I ditched the recipe (and measuring!) years ago, and I would adapt it given what was in our pantry and what we could afford (hello, med school). It's a act of love for my family that I've been making almost weekly and I'm so happy to share it with you finally.
Bonnie's Granola Recipe***
- One large container of Old-Fashioned Oats (48oz)
- 1/3 c. flax
- 1/3 c. wheat germ
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 2 tbps. cinnamon
-1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 c. oil
- 3/4 c. water
- 3/4 c. honey
Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together. Slowly add wet to dry, stirring thoroughly. Consistency of granola should be moist, not dry or overly wet/sticky. If it seems dry, add more water, little by little.
Bake starting at 300 degrees, for 20 min, then stir, then lower temp to 200, and bake for an additional 40 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. Turn off oven and let granola sit in the oven until completely cool. Top with nuts or dried/fresh fruit and a side of plain yogurt. Yum!
***I like to refer to this as a choose your own adventure recipe! Use what you have and don't be afraid to experiment. I have even used pancake syrup in place of honey. Shhhh, don't tell! Spices can be adjusted to preference. If you don't have flax or wheat germ, don't sweat it. Those are in there for an extra health boost.