08 Jan, 2014
The easiest granola, ever
Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food
*Now with recipe costs! Scroll to the end of this post for the breakdown.
I was at the grocery store the other day and I tweeted about my all time favourite granola and received this response:
@missfish clearly you haven’t tried my homemade maple pecan granola! Yummy and way less expensive per serving :)
— Tara Lapointe (@VirtualTara) December 29, 2013
Tara kindly followed up her tweet with a recipe. (Thank you Tara!) Honestly, I didn’t really think making my own granola was going to be this easy. And delicious. I’m never going back to store-bought. What’s the point? Homemade granola is just so incredibly easy and cheap to make.
You will need:
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (I used pumpkin seeds, and I think I used closer to 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Grab a large mixing bowl. LARGE. Combine the oats, pecans, coconut, seeds, maple syrup, oil, and salt. Divide evenly between two baking sheets. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes, stirring once. Let it cool, then add the dried fruit.
That’s it! You’ll wind up with the most beautiful granola you’ve ever seen:
Now that’s a great reason to get up in the mornings!
I made it the other night and it’s going to last for weeks. WEEKS! Yay me!
Edited to add: Someone asked me about the cost breakdown for this recipe. I finally have that info as per the recipe above:
Rolled oats, large flake: $1.39
Pecan pieces, medium: $5.36
Pumpkin seeds, unsalted, hulled: $1.36 (I used 1/2 cup)
Coconut, shredded, unsweetened: $0.66
Maple syrup: $2.50
Dried cranberries, $2.11
I’m not including the cost of the canola oil and salt.
Grand total=$13.38 for a 858g batch, which works out to $15.59/kilo.
The almond/maple/cranberry granola I used to buy costs $5.99 for a 300g bag, which works out to $19.97/kilo.