Thursday, December 16, 2010


I know I made granola bars just a couple weeks ago, but I still wasn't satisfied with the softness of the final product.

When it comes to granola, I like a good solid crunch. I crave that toasty flavor. And don't even get me started on the nuts. Lots and lots of nuts.

Since the granola bars didn't completely fill the crunchy-toasty-nutty criteria I set, I decided to make plain old granola. You know, the kind you can grab a handful of and really sink your teeth into.

SUCCESS! Boy did this recipe fill my crunchy-toasty-nutty the tenth power. You can serve it a zillion ways: stirred into yogurt, sprinkled on your morning bowl o' oats, mixed into a peanut butter-banana sandwich, or as an ice cream topping.

But me? I like to eat it plain and handful at a time.

Of course you can dress this recipe up with your tasty preferences (one of the beauties of granola). And I promise: If you crave the crunchy-toasty-nutty kind of granola, this recipe will certainly not disappoint.

Bonus holiday gift idea: Load your granola up in a clear jar (recycled nut butter jar?) and include it in a small basket with some sugared pecans, a cute tea towel, and a gift card to your local health food store.

Now, let me leave you with something to look forward to: Oreo Truffles will be made--and promptly eaten--on Saturday. Holy yum, I can hardly wait.

Crunchy-Toasty-Nutty Granola
(Hungry Spoon original)

This granola makes a great yogurt mix-in, but my favorite way to eat it is one dry spoonful at a time :)

  • 3 cups of oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 TBSP honey
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional: Dried cranberries
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large baking sheet (or two) with cooking spray.

2) In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flaxseed, coconut, and nuts. In a small bowl, combine the oil, honey, and extracts. Pour liquid mixture over oat mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.

3) Place granola in a single layer on baking sheet(s). Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven and toss/stir. Bake for another 5 - 10 minutes, or until toasty. Be sure to check back often! It can get too toasty (read: burnt) very quickly! Stir in cranberries when granola is finished baking.


  1. Mind reader. I was day-dreaming about cranberry granola because my store-bought stash is almost out!

    There's just something about the perfect crunch of granola that yields to total inhalation of the entire batch. Immediately. How is that even possible?

  2. haha a Nutty crunchy toast... couldn't help myself. I would love to have some dry cranberries right now.

  3. This will be great for after Christmas breakfast...yum!

  4. Lots of nuts is definitely where it's at!

  5. Yumyumyum! There's nothing like good granola, especially when it has so many nutty good ingredients!

  6. I'm totally with you - granola has to be super crunchy! That's part of the draw. I also like big clumps in mine. I keep saying I'm going to make home-made granola but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Thank you for the nudge in reminding me that I need to make some too.

  7. You are quite the granola girl! I still have yet to try to make granola or granola bars! They kind of scare me, right up there with caramel and cheesecake haha someday I'll try it!

  8. I love granola by the handful too :) This looks awesome!

  9. i'm inspired by your motivation to get a recipe right! i usually throw my hands up and say "who makes this the way i want it and where can i buy it?!"

  10. I love granola! This can fill that void when I'm training and need something sweet!

  11. I've put off making granola for far too long! Seriously thinking about making some for at least one friend's Christmas gift. Yours looks awesome! I like it best on top of yogurt. Looking forward to those Oreo truffles!

  12. I like my granola to be super crunchy too and I just have to eat it by the handful. I love how you added almond extract to the granola, I would have never of thought of that! The granola looks soooo good. I just love homemade granola! :)

  13. Granola is so delicious but as you point out- hard to get exactly right. I'm glad you finally got it right for your tastes! I love granola best with yoghurt when I get in from work late at night.

  14. oh my gosh, that granola looks so good!

  15. I just posted a granola recipe too :) I seriously think granola is the best snack ever. It can be personalized into whatever you want and can also be ate in so many ways!!

  16. I love granola, but I try to avoid the sugar and the oil. Is there a way that I can make your beautiful granola recipe by leaving out the sugar and oil? Thanks