Monday, May 7, 2012

Homemade Granola In Minutes

I have a quickie recipe for you today that would be perfect for Mother's Day or any day of the week. I'm talking about homemade granola. Most granola recipes have you bake the oat mixture in a low oven for about an hour or more, then you have to run to the oven every ten to fifteen minutes to stir it all up. And if you're anything like me you run to the oven when the annoying timer goes off, you open the oven door, pull the rack out being oh so careful to turn the mixture with the spatula only to knock the granola out of the pan and scatter all over your oven. And since it's so dang hot in there, you have to wait til the hour is up before you can clean it and you wind up with burnt little granola crispies on the bottom of your oven. Sounds like fun right? NOT. 

This recipe is easy peasy and made on the stove top in a large skillet in less that 20 minutes. It comes from my bloggy friend Danelle of Let's Dish. I've made several of her recipes and I've never been disappointed in any of them. I've made this recipe three times already and enjoyed it every single time. The first time I made it with dried cranberries, the second time I used dried cherries, blueberries and banana chips for crunch and the third batch I made for my mom. She didn't want coconut so we left that out and added cashews instead of almonds. Basically you can make it any way you want  by switching up the nuts and fruits and have it still turn out delicious. I especially love the unexpected addition of the sesame and sunflower seeds- don't leave those out. 

My favorite way to eat it is standing in the pantry, with the door still open, and scooping out little pinchfuls of the crunchy nuggets and chewy fruit. One nibble, two nibbles, four nibbles later, then I finally dish myself up a proper serving with yogurt and I turn it into a parfait with fresh fruit. The cool and creamy, the crunchy, the chewy, the burst of fresh fruit, the nuttiness. Oh, it's just so good! You can have it as a snack, for breakfast, or dessert anytime of year. One of the best parts is that it makes a healthy amount and stays fresh in the pantry in an airtight container for weeks (if it lasts that long). You can make it now and serve it up this weekend. If you ever have overnight guests it would be a nice addition to a continental breakfast like my friend Heather of Kitchen Concoctions set up. It would also make a thoughtful gift packaged up in a jar with a pretty label and a ribbon. It's certainly not a gift I'd refuse. 

Skillet Granola adapted from Let's Dish

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  • 4 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup dried fruit

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Stir in the honey, brown sugar, vanilla and almond extracts.  Add the oats, nuts, coconut, sunflower kernels and sesame seeds to the pan and stir until well coated with the butter/sugar mixture.  

Continue cooking, stirring frequently until granola is a dark golden brown, 10-20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in dried fruit.  Pour onto a cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.


From the Kitchen said...

Are those eyelashes real? He is adorable! The granola's not bad either.

I know your Mother's Day will be very special. Enjoy!


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Mothers Day will be pretty special around the LTBG household.

Heather at Kitchen Concoctions said...

I have been dying to make homemade granola but have just been too lazy to dedicate myself to the hour long stirring process! This recipe saves the day! PS Thanks for the link love and shout out. I had honestly forgotten about the continental breakfast but that would be perfect for Mother's Day.

Katie said...

Ohh yum, that looks super quick and tasty. I've never thought of doing it on a stove top before. I'm just the same with eating ti straight out the container, its adictive

Coleens Recipes said...

Mmmmm, sure wish I had some right now. Wishing you an early Happy Mothers his eyelashes.

Sunny said...

OMG- TY SOOOOOOOOO Much!! Since moving to England I havent been able to locate a good Commerially made Granola...I havent found ANY granola to be honest.....and now I can make my OWN!!!!! You are a TREASURE!!!!

Keeley said...

Yum! Happy Mother's Day!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a baby! So gorgeous!

Unknown said...

1. I want that granola. ASAP!

2. I want that blueberry cookie jar thing.

3. Gimme that baby!!!!

Valerie said...

This sounds SO YUMMY!!! And EASY!! I'm going to have to give this a try.... and the baby is a sweetie!! :)

Unknown said...

I'm laughing because I stand in the pantry and eat it just like you explained. :) And I love the addition of banana chips. Definitely going to try that! I have my eye on those Chocolate Monster Cookies too. I have a ton of M&M's left from a teacher appreciation gift I made this week and have been thinking about how to bake them into something yummy.

Connie the Cookie Monster said...

o my goodness, look at those lashes!

Anonymous said...

I'm trying this with quick oats, since I buy them 50 lbs at a time(6 children :-), so far so good!

Paloma said...


Shannon said...

It must be the week to make granola, because I just did this the other day after not making it for a couple years. I forgot how good - and good for you - homemade granola really is!

Foodiewife said...

i'm very partial to my own granola recipe, except it does have to be baked, and yes, I've burned it before. You have me completely intrigued. I'm, for reals, gonna try this. I love granola with vanilla favorite power snack on Earth. Happy Mother's Day, Monica. I'm so happy for you and Mr. H that Hayden has brought so much joy into your life.

Cathleen said...

You know, I have never even thought about making granola at home. It was always something I buy. NOT ANYMORE! Thank you, Happy Mothers Day!!

Donna said...

THIS is the technique/recipe I needed to get over my chronic "Fear-of-attempting-homemade granola" thing!

Question...what kind of "brown sugar"?...Light..Dark..Want to mimick this morning marvel as closely as possible!

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