Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chunky Crunchy Homemade Granola

This stuff is fantastic. I make a double batch every week or so. It gets eaten as breakfasts or snacks everyday by every member of the family. Every other granola recipe that I have tried is not quite as chunky or crunchy. It's always more like sweet oats: tasty, but not as fun as store-bought granola. This recipe is even better than store-bought because it is crunchy without the crisp rice addition that most store-bought versions contain.
The recipe is my variation on one from the Simply in Season cookbook. This book is perfect for me as a new-to-eating-in-season cook. This is our second summer of subscribing to a CSA (community supported agriculture), and sometimes I need a little help getting out of the mindset of eating the same things year-round to really get through the many pounds of in-season veggies. One example of this from the book is common vegetable combination of peas and carrots. When a person eats only what is fresh in the season, that vegetable combination never happens. Carrots and peas aren't harvested simultaneously. But other delightful things do happen, like spinach and strawberry salads.

So here's the recipe for the chunky crunchy homemade granola.

3 cups / 750 ml rolled oats
1 cup / 250 ml whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Mix together in large bowl. Make a well in the center.

1/4 cup / 60 ml oil
1/4 cup / 60 ml honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup / 60 ml milk

Pour into the well. Mix thoroughly, making sure all loose flour has been incorporated (add another tablespoon of milk if necessary).

1 1/2 cups / 375 ml raisins, nuts, seeds or other dried fruit (optional)
If using nuts and/or seeds, add them now and mix in. (Add dried fruit after mixture has baked and partially cooled.) Spread in a 9 x 13-inch / 3.5-L pan and bake in preheated oven at 300F / 150C, stirring every 10 minutes, until light brown, 50 - 60 minutes. Store in airtight container up to a week; also freezes well.


The Baltimore Babe said...

Looks very yummy! I love oats.

Becky said...

I can't wait to try this - I love store-bought granola for the reasons you listed, and this recipe sounds fabulously simple!

Marilyn said...

Wow, I've been looking for a simple granola recipe, and this looks great! Can't wait to try it out. Thanks!

The Monkey Bugs said...

I googled Chunky Granola and up popped your site! What a coincidence that you are in Baltimore, and my husband recently transfered there with the Coast Guard. Thanks for posting the recipe. I have been using Nigela Lawsons, Good, but not chunky! Can't wait to try yours!

Johanna said...

If you try it and find it not chunky enough for you, there are two things you can try. Watch how you stir it. Don't stir the chunks out of it before it bake them hard. Be gentle. Also, if you want, more honey will make it chunkier. I cut the sugar in half since we eat so much of it, but just like hard candy, it's the cooked sugar that makes it stick together in chunks.