real life test kitchen: homemade granola


In the winter I love to have a hearty breakfast … something really filling, or super crunchy, to start my day. I’ve been eating a lot of steel cut oatmeal, eggs, and even leftovers, but my most recent favorite has been granola. The prices in the grocery store have been wearing on me (why so much for such a little bag?), so I decided to make my own. After some internet reseplace, I picked Alton Brown’s recipe to make, and made a few tweaks to suit my taste. I have to say, it was pretty freakin tasty. Crunchy. Not too sweet. Filling. Delicious! The recipe is really easy … try it! — Rebecca F.
Click to see the recipe, after the jump!

Homemade granola
3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1 cup sliced or chopped almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup scant flax seeds
1/4 cup scant white sesame seeds
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins (mix of golden and regular)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, seeds, and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color. Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed. Try not to eat it all at once!

Photo credit: Jaeha Yoo
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From our partners

I’ve been reading about how bad all cereal is. bummer–it’s a staple. But, homemade granola has been on my mind. Steel cut is what we had for b-fast this morning, but we don’t have that kind of time every day!


Wait. We’re not supposed to eat cereal? I’ve only just begun including breakfast in my morning routine… I rotate between steel cut oats (seem so rugged and healthy!) and chocolate cheerios (a girl’s gotta live, no?). Tell me why I should stop with the cereal!

Um, they make CHOCOLATE CHEERIOS? How did this get by me…

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