Saturday, January 22, 2011

Crunchy Almond Granola

I love granola--particularly the homemade variety. You can pick and choose the perfect ingredients for your granola, controlling the amount of sugar as you go. The potential mix-ins for granola are almost limitless--chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, other dried fruits, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, et cetera. So good. 

I have made Peanut Butter Banana Granola and Pumpkin Granola many times and I love both recipes (especially the peanut butter one!) But alas, it was time for something new. I looked up gads of granola recipes, combined the elements of my favorites, and developed this crunchy mixture. 

It's perfect--chock full of nutrients from the oats, the almonds, the sunflower seeds and the flax seed. And the sugar level is relatively low. I cut a quarter cup of brown sugar out the recommended amount and this is still quite sweet.

I hope you enjoy!

Crunchy Almond Granola
yields: 8  cups

4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole raw almonds
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp whole flax seed, ground
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey 
2 tsp vanilla 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (or neither!)

In an extra large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, coconut, sunflower seeds, flax seed, cinnamon, and salt. Combine completely. 

In a separate small bowl, stir together brown sugar, oil, honey and vanilla. Pour wet mixture onto the dry ingredients and use a large spoon to stir, stir, stir until thoroughly incorporated.

Spread the granola onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir gently. Bake another 10 minutes. Stir gently. If granola is not browning yet and seems to be extremely moist still, bake another 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Granola will still be slightly moist. Cool completely on the baking sheet. Granola will be perfectly cooked and crunchy!

Serve atop a dish of yogurt or straight from your hand to your mouth. Yum!


  1. Yum that sounds so delicious Tasha. I have never made granola before and it has always been because I hate how much sugar is in it but this recipe looks perfect. I love all of the seeds you used, you can't find anything like that in the store. That's for sure!

  2. Mmm I love homemade granola - one of my favorite snacks! Your recipe looks delicious!