Home Made Granola

what I did this morning

I am not a breakfast person.......and according to the experts that's a bad thing.  Breakfast being the most important meal of the day and all :)  
So....being that it's the New Year and I'm "trying" to start out doing good stuff, I am going to eat my breakfast like a good girl.  I ran across the original recipe of this granola at My Five Men, Betsy's blog .  Thank you Betsy. (have you seen her photos?...amazing!) 

Betsy's Recipe:

4 cups oats
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 t salt
Mix all the above in a very large bowl

1/2 cup honey
4 T vegetable oil
1 T vanilla
1 cup apple juice concentrate

Stir together and pour over cereal and mix thoroughly

Spread onto large greased pan

Bake 60 minutes at 300, stirring every 15 minutes

Cool completely, then add other ingredients such as cranberries, dried pineapple, coconut, cut up dates or/and apricots.   Betsy suggested and me too, that you don't stir too hard, leaving some of the crunchy wonderful clumps.

 I used Silver Palate oats, extra bold and nutty and thick.  100% oats, no added ingredients, just plain goodness and nutritious.  I find them at Big Lots for a great price.  One box is almost 4 cups.

 Don't you love my vintage pan?

 I remember Grandma having one very similar to this.  Mine is huge...almost 15" across...perfect for stirring things like granola concoctions, huge salads for a crowd, or if you dare....fruitcakes.  I got it at a farm auction last summer.  I have even used it for a small beverage container.

The recipe called for pecans (from my Mom's tree)  but  I also added sliced almonds, a little powerhouse and one of the most nutritious of all nuts. (not counting me:)  And cinnamon!  Have you read all the health benefits of cinnamon lately.....not to mention the flavor is divine.

Have you ever tried to hold a big pan while pouring the heavenly contents onto the baking sheet while taking a picture with the camera in your other hand????? :)  

Ta dahhhh....my breakfast this morning.  I had it over non-fat Greek peach yogurt.  But more than likely, most mornings, I would just grab a handful of it and let that natural goodness  be it.  I hope you'll try making your own granola.  It's less expensive than what you buy in the store and better and absolute sheer breakfast pleasure and anytime snacking good. 

What I changed in this recipe:  Not being a fan of apple juice and having no concentrate, I used orange juice concentrate instead.  Gave the granola a hint of orange, which I liked a lot.  I also used pure clover honey, made and harvested on a farm right up the street.  That made me feel extra special healthy like.  :) I added coconut to the mixture before baking because I like toasted coconut.  I left out the puffed rice but added extra wheat germ.  I also used Splenda brown sugar instead of regular brown sugar. 

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Anne said...

Yum Lynn that looks delicious! I will have to try this.We do eat cereal but this is a nice snack to have on the go!

Tete said...

Looks good enough to eat! I like changing the recipes up, too, to match what we like the best.
You are so multi talented to get that photo and bowl that huge bowl at the same time! Great photos and fun post. And I learned something, too. Have a great day!

NanaDiana said...

I am copying this over , Lynn. I could make this without the brown sugar and it would work for my family. Thanks for the recipe- xo Diana

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

That looks really good Lynn! I usually eat breakfast every morning now. It is something I started a few years ago. Sometimes it is oatmeal, sometimes an English muffin with peanut butter, some times a hard boiled egg and half a grapefruit. I really do enjoy it now...never used to.

Deserae said...

It looks so delicious!!!!! I'll have to try it some time :o)

Junkchiccottage said...

Looks pretty yummy!! I may have to try this one. Have a great day.

Lynn said...

That looks pretty good, but you must not forget the bacon!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the idea of eating breakfast and I really had hoped to start doing it this new year..I just can't stomach food until I have been up a few hours. I love the saying...eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a peasant. But I think I would be doing midnight raids of the fridge!

I don't really like granola...it's actually the honey I dislike. I do love trail mix. I say Betsy's post, jars of it make lovely gifts.


Jen said...

Thanks for sharing this granola recipe! This would be the perfect quick breakfast before I head to the gym early in the mornings. I will definitely have to give this a try!

SImple and Serene Living said...

Thanks for sharing this. I need to make it gluten free so I will have to experiment.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This looks great, but your news about your grandlittle is even better! Congrats on the new grandson, Lynn!



Unknown said...

Aren't grandchildren the greatest? I just had my fourth and soon another.
I love granola. Thank you for sharing. It sounds like a good one.

We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

Betsy Brock said...

Yum, indeed! I like your changes! In fact, the original recipe called for a teaspoon of orange extract, so that is a great idea with the orange juice! My breakfast looked just like yours this morning!

...jealous of the honey across the street!!!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

I just tried for the 3rd time in 2 days to leave a comment on your blog. When I hit publish my comment disappears and I am sent to a page that says something about "sorry for the inconvenience...blah, blah" but I might try clearing my cookies????? I dunno....this is a new nusience. Some times I think there really are gremlins living in cyber space!

I was telling you how much I love decorating with c. canes, too.....they are so simple and happy! Your pink ones look cute and very tastey!

Also..that granola looks awesome! I love granola, but have never made it. I will now! I love your vintage pan, too. My granny also had one....now I shall be on the hunt for one. That would really be a very useful item.

Ugh..just returned from a run....I ran yesterday, too. I've never done back to back runs, but I have set a mileage goal to complete this year and it's gonna snow tonight, so no running tomorrow on our streets!

Have a great rest of the weekend!! Love, Dana

Mari said...

Oh wow these look and sounds yummy ;)
I will have to give these a try....
To answer your question , my Valentine tree sure do have lights :)


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Only you could make granola look so good and I bet taste so good. If it even so much as sounds healthy I usually avoid it but like you I am trying to do better.
Did you get to see the newest GRAND yet?

My Unfinished Life said...

though I like granola, I can never have it in breakfast, at least on a weekday .... this looks good though...maybe for the husband!!


Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I'm going to give this ago Lynn. I keep seeing granola around blogland and I think it may be a northern hemisphere thing, as I've never seen it here in Australia.
Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

The Charm of Home said...

That looks super! I love the Silver Palate cookbooks! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Looks really good, will try!
Thanks, Celeste

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