Honey Nut Granola
We really liked this granola. The flavor of the cinnamon and nuts really stood out. See below the recipe for a couple of alterations that I tried. I cooked the granola a little longer than directed (about 10 minutes). After 25 minutes, take a spoonful of granola out of the oven. Let that cool for 1 minute and test to see if it's crunchy. If not, cook longer doing the spoon test every 5 minutes until satisfied. (This recipe was submitted in 2008. It was tested and photographed in November 2015.)
- 4 cups rolled oats - old-fashioned or quick-cooking
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup whole flax seed or wheat germ (optional)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup honey
1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
How To Make Honey Nut Granola
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, sunflower seeds and, if using, the flax or wheat germ.
In a separate medium bowl, mix the oil, honey and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined and lightly moistened.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes - stirring thoroughly halfway through the cooking time. Remove from oven when golden brown.
This recipe makes about 5 cups of granola which stores very well for an entire month if kept in an airtight container.
Cooking Notes From Mr Breakfast
For crisper results, spread the mixture over 2 cookie sheets for baking. That makes it so there's no dense areas within the granola that might retain moisture.
I made this recipe once exactly as directed and it was very good. The second time I made it, I added 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (to help form clusters), 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds and I used 1/2 honey and 1/2 maple syrup for my sweetener. That version was even better.
Fun Tip To Make Chocolate Clusters
This trick can work for almost any granola recipe. Once the granola has baked and cooled, place 1/4 of it in a large bowl. Melt a couple ounces of chocolate in the microwave and mix that into the bowl of granola. Stir and then allow to cool. Mix the chocolate-coated granola with the rest of the granola.
This is a fun recipe to play with. Try adding a handful of raisins or coconut. Chocolate chips are awesome too... but you should not add them until the granola is out of the oven and almost completely cool.
Mr Breakfast would like to thank radner for this recipe.
Recipe number 2319. Submitted 5/26/2008.