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Homemade Granola

I was on a granola bar kick for a while but I missed my morning calcium and fruit fix.  One day I picked up a container of granola at Costco.  I mixed it with Fat Free Greek Yogurt and Fruit and YUM!  Unfortunately, the granola was REALLY GOOD in a way that told me it was probably REALLY BAD for me.

I decided to look for a recipe for homemade granola to replace the unhealthy Costco granola.  So I did what any internet addicted blogger would do…..I turned to twitter for advice.  My friend Karen (@scatteredmom) from Notes From the Cookie Jar came to my rescue with this great recipe!

Granola
Adapted from this recipe

3 cups oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup agave nectar
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine oats, pecans, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt.

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the agave nectar and the vegetable oil.  Microwave for ~20 to 30 seconds so that they are easily combined.  Pour mixture into dry ingredients and toss.

Pour oat mixture into prepared pan.  Bake until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.  I think mine took about 30 minutes.

You can add 1 cup of dried fruit at this point (cranberries, apricots (chopped), cherries, apples, etc are great choices).

Recipe Notes: This granola is loose granola without clumps.  It is very good over yogurt.  I prefer to mix it with yogurt and fresh fruit so I didn’t add dried fruit.  I store my granola in a plastic container in the freezer.  It will keep for a few months using this method.

 

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