Sunday, February 21, 2010

Best Granola in the Whole Wide World

I love this granola.  It's good - very good.  It's delicious with milk, but it's also great on yogurt.  And the recipe couldn't be simpler.
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup turbinado sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 2 cups of any combination of dried fruit (I used dried cherries & golden raisins)
First, heat oven to 325 degrees.  Have two large rimmed baking sheets ready to spread out the mixture.
In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine oil, honey, sugar, vanilla, and salt.  Stir frequently, until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes.
When the sugar is dissolved, the mixture will look like this:
In a large bowl, combine the oats and almonds.
Add the warm honey mixture to the oats and stir until entire mixture is coated.
Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheets.  Bake for 25 minutes, stirring a few times.
Remove from oven and cool completely. 
Once cool, place granola in large bowl and add dried fruit.
Granola is finished. . .enjoy!
Granola will keep in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.
Granola recipe come from my Mom who found it in the Grand Rapids Press a few years ago.
And now, a side note on my favorite vanilla extract.
Several years ago I worked on a few projects out in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.  I had to travel there several times over a two year period.  I fell in love with a shop called Charles H. Baldwin & Sons.  They have been making vanilla since 1888!  Their vanilla is so strong and flavorful, and so much different then anything I had bought before.  I also have their almond and lemon extracts, both of which are also very good.  They have an online shop, so even thought I don't have to travel to the Berkshires anymore, I can still enjoy their amazing vanilla.  I highly recommend a visit to their shop if you are ever in West Stockbridge, Mass.


Rustique Gallery said...

By George, that sounds yummy~I live near the Berkshires, I'll have to take a drive there someday. Thanks for the recipe-your pictures are wonderful!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

This looks so good. I found a good recipes for a granola-ish mix in the Abs Diet book, but I'll have to try this one. I love granola.

Anna said...

looks yummy, I've been wanting to make some. Thanks for sharing!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

YUM! Looks so good. I make a homeade granola too. I use the recipe from Kathie Lee Joel's cookbook.

By the way I wrote a post about the story of the license plate that hangs in my laundry room!

I just love your photos - what kind of camera and lens do you use?

Amy Goods said...

Yum Ali! I can't wait to try this one!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Mmmmm, thanks for sharing! It looks very tasty.

Natasha said...

That does indeed look divine...I think it must be your amazing photography!

Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

Best wishes,

Kristen said...

Yum, can't wait to eat some of this...on our porch in St. Thomas over looking the beach!!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Ha! You made the world's best granola on counter! :) I have the same granite in my kitchen!


Crazy Daisy said...

This looks sooo good! I have been searching for a YUMMO granola recipe - one without all the randomnn things I don't have in my pantry! This looks great! Thanks for stopping by Tuesday Tastes! You might have forgot your party favor button - head on over and grab it when you have a chance!

Connie Weiss said...

This looks so good and healthy!

MrsJenB said...

You had me at dried cherries and golden raisins! I really need to make my own granola!

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

I've been wanting to make my own granola and yours looks yummy! Can't wait to try this :)

* Nancy * said...

this looks delicious! i found your blog about two weeks ago and i just l.o.v.e your blog!!! love your pics and talents - thanks for sharing.

Lilianna Grace said...

I linked this fabulous post to "12 Links to Homemade Granola" @ Lavender Clouds. You can see it here:

Amy said...

This looks healthy and delicious! :)


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