Friday, June 25, 2010

Everyday Granola

The June issue of Bon Appetit was chock full of lovely recipes. If you have a chance to get it and check it out I think you will be very happy.
This recipe was in Molly Wizenberg's(Orangette) column "Cooking Life". I think it has to be the best granola I have ever made. It is low in sugar and in fat and is just plain delicious. So many granola recipes are swimming in oil or butter and have a ton of sugar and much too much dried fruit. This recipe is just right...not too sweet, the flavor of the oats are there. We love it. One of my sons says it is the best granola he has ever tasted and already said he wants me to send him containers of it when he goes back to school.
I like to sprinkle a tablespoon or two on my non fat Greek Yogurt in the morning along with a few berries. It is a grand breakfast!

Everyday Granola
Serve this with yogurt or milk—or eat it plain as a snack.
Makes about 5 cups

Recipe by Molly Wizenberg


* 3 cups old-fashioned oats
* 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
* 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
* 3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
* 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
* 1/3 cup honey
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 cup assorted dried fruit


Preheat oven to 300°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir honey and oil in saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes. Place sheet on rack. Stir granola; cool. Mix in fruit. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight.

 My notes: I baked it for 50 minutes, I like my granola to be toasty.
It did not burn at all or get too dark. I used a combo of dried apricots that I snipped into the cooled mixture, dried cranberries and a few raisins. I also added about 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds in with the pecans. I used Bob's Red Mill unsweetened coconut from the health food section of my supermarket, I keep that in the freezer.


  1. I am impressed with anyone who makes granola... whew... so much taste for a little care and a toss. Great recipe, Linda and the photos are just gorgeous!!!! I love the soft lighting!

  2. I adore granola!! I'll have to try your recipe looks fabulous with the fresh blueberries.

  3. Ooooh! This version looks fabulous ~ you always post the BEST recipes, and here's another one I want to try soon.

    Gorgeous pics, Linda! You've made me so hungry right now. ((hugs))

  4. Homemade granola is such a treat, and like you, I like it nicely toasted. This is so healthy and I need to get busy as make some.

  5. I used to make granola decades ago in the early decades (yes decades) of my marriage, but got out of the habit. Your post has me thinking about getting back into gear.

  6. I love granola but i have to make some homemade ones ....yours looks absolutely crunchy and chewy n yum :)

  7. This looks good Linda, I have to try this recipe. I haven't made any in ages. Your photos are great........Thanks for sharing.

  8. Linda, Linda, it looks AMAZING! How do you make everyday food look so special? :)

  9. Super blog..and very impressive pictures...this recipe is great and though ive never made granola at home I cant wait to try...

  10. This looks great! I have my standby granola recipe, but this looks even better!

  11. I love granola; for some reason it feels more luxurious to sit down to a bowl of homemade granola with all the fixins'. It definitely beats my typical bowl of Just Right.

  12. Linda, this looks so very good. Homemade granola is so easy to keep healthy. We have to make your version soon! Thanks!!

    Lovely pics!

  13. it's been a while since i made granola. and this reminds me how delicious it is. btw... your pictures are adorable.