I am always browsing granola recipes. This is very close to one I have used for years and is a great recipe. I include sunflower seeds, flax and sesame in the nut ratio but always use COCONUT OIL!
From EatingWell: March/April 2012
This easy cinnamon-spiked granola is loaded with almonds, walnuts and pepitas, but substitute other nuts and seeds if you prefer. For vegans who donâ€™t eat honey, this can be made with all maple syrup.
6 Reviews for Lisa's Granola
I have been making this recipe for about a year and it always turns out delicious. I don't have any problems with the cooking time, but I do stir every 15 min. Sooo much better than store bought!
In my recipe I use Coconut oil ( canola yuk!)
I cup sliced or chopped raw almonds, walnuts, or pecans
1c shredded raw unsweetened coconut flakes.
1c raw sunflower seeds
1/2 c maple syrup, honey or agave
1/2 c coconut oil ( heat and melt syrup w/ coconut oil, them combine with dry ingredients....add dried fruit after baking for 15-20 minutes at 325.
I made this granola as the recipe stated, only I used a mixture of whole almonds and chopped pecans instead of pepitas. I also used sliced almonds instead of chopped and I cut the recipe in half. The recipe turned out fairly well. The granola is well balanced with the nuts and oats. I think it could have used a bit more of each of the flavoring ingredients (honey, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon) to give it a bit more flavor since it mostly just tastes like roasted nuts (which isn't such a bad thing). Also, my granola only cooked for about 35-40 minutes and it probably should have been stirred more often than every 15 minutes. I do not suggest substituting with pecans, unless you add them in after the rest of the granola has started baking because they burn more easily than the other components.
All in all the granola was pretty good, but I will adjust the baking time, number of times I stir it, and the amount of flavoring ingredients next time to make it great.
Delicious! Made 1/2 the recipe instead and cut ingredients by half. Cut back on the honey (1 tbsp instead of 2) and used quarter cup pecans, quarter cup walnuts, and 1/2 cup sliced almonds.
First time making granola, but noticed browning happened within 15 min while in the oven.
Also for calorie counters, not sure if I calculated wrong, but based on half a cup serving, it's still about double the stated calories. I got about 200 something cals for a quarter cup- which sounds about right for most granolas anyway.
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