Saturday, July 16, 2016

Customized Granola: Base Recipe

I'm suddenly very into granola. There is something so wholesome and healthy about it, and yet it still feels decadent. In an effort both to make a cheaper, more personalized, and healthier version of store bought granola, I started making my own. I experimented with different methods/measurements until I came up with a template granola recipe that can be altered to create any type I might fancy. You can leave out the seeds, the deeper sweetener, dried fruit, or nuts to no severe consequence.

OATS

1 1/2 cups of the oat of your choice

SEEDS 

2 tablespoons of seeds
[flax, sunflower]

SWEETENER 

1/4 cup of sweetness in liquid form
[honey, maple syrup, agave nectar)

A DEEPER SWEETENER 

1-2 tablespoons to add a depth to sweetness profile
[brown sugar, molasses]

SALT 

1 teaspoon salt
[fleur de sel, pink himalayan, kosher]

OIL 

1/4 cup of oil
[olive, coconut]

DRIED FRUIT 

1/2 cup
[cherries, apricots, dates, cranberries]

RAW NUTS 

1/2 cup
[almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans]

EXTRACT

1/2 teaspoon extract
[vanilla, orange]

SPICE
1/2 teaspoon powdered spice
[cinnamon, ginger]

Combine everything* and spread evenly over a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 325 degrees, stirring halfway through. Let cool in the pan to harden.

*Stir in dried fruit after it's done baking. If you have to use pre-roasted nuts in lieu of raw, stir these in only after baking too.

I made the following variations:


Orange Blossom, Honey, Cashew Granola

For this version I used cashews, dates, orange extract, and honey.



 Pistachio Cherry Granola 

For this version I used pistachios, dried cherries, pomegranate molasses, flax seeds, and vanilla extract



Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola

For this version I used almonds, maple syrup, and vanilla extract