Homemade granola

I love granola, but some of them are so misleading on the healthy front! Some are just loaded with sugar and several recipes even include a fair amount of oil.

This one is very flavorful, no oil and not a ton of sugar.

This was adapted from a recipe from a little place in Berkeley CA. called the cheese board. It's this amazing little cheese shop that usually has a line out the door for the homemade breads, pizza and bakery items baked fresh every day. I bought their cook book years ago and still make so many things from it, although I usually add my spin to them, just because that's me!

You may have noticed by now I LOVE citrus and I will add it anywhere it works.

Sometime ago I started adding orange zest to this and its so simple but just takes it to another place.

I'm not one to usually add dried fruits to my granola but feel free to do so if that's what you like. The nuts in the recipe can also be substituted with any that you like or have on hand. My batches are usually based on what nuts are in my freezer!

This is delightful as a bowl of cereal in the morning, or to make a yogurt parfait, or just a great snack. My hubby takes it on his bike rides for nibbles to keep him going.


Homemade granola

Makes 3 cups

prep 20 minutes

cook 25 minutes

2 Tb unsalted butter

1/4 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt + sea salt for finishing

zest of 1 orange

1 cup chopped pecans

2 tsp honey

1/4 packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 slivered almonds

1/4 pumpkin seeds

Pre heat oven to 325 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a small sauce pan melt the butter and a pinch of salt over medium low heat. Once its melted add the pecans and cook stirring frequently until lightly browned about 4-6 minutes. Add the honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon stir until they have melted and combined well.

Remove from heat and add the vanilla and orange zest.

In a large bowl combine the oats, coconut, almonds and pumpkin seeds and give a toss to mix. Pour the sugar mixture in the bowl and mix well to coat and combine the oat mixture.

Spread on the cookie sheet and bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Give a good stir and return to the oven for a another 10 minutes or until nicely golden brown. As soon as the granola comes out of the oven sprinkle with sea salt if you desire.

Cool completely before storing.


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