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Homemade Granola

It is super busy time of the year but also oh so fun! Festive, joyous, season of giving and celebrating what makes us all more similar than different. We all (or most of us) feel grateful for our own health, health of our family; being surrounded by great friends, family, mentors and guides; opportunities that exist to succeed and reach our dreams; and a drive to be a better human being every day. Above all, the smiles and happiness that you see all around – whether its little kids taking carriage rides around downtown of your small college-town, Christmas lights displayed everywhere, your sweet neighbor bringing a loaf of cranberry bread to wish you happy holidays or sweet children caroling in the neighborhood – it’s just so heartwarming and beautiful.

Yesterday, while waiting in the checkout line in Target, the wonderful woman ahead of me had a cartful of toys, blankets, and other goodies and as I was emptying my cart on to the conveyor belt, I noticed that she was paying for all the stuff out of an envelope marked “Adopt A Family”. It instantly warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face. A family somewhere is going to receive their Christmas because of generosity, kindness and love of complete strangers. That is what I am talking about.

One way we show our gratitude, love and appreciation for the teachers of our kids is during the Holidays. Seriously, teachers are one of the hardest working people in my opinion. The holidays are just an excuse to bring the teachers a gift – big or small, inexpensive or a splurge, homemade or store-bought – does not matter. What matters is the thought behind it and personally, I always try to pack something homemade for our teachers – just as an extra personal touch. This year we are doing homemade granola.

The recipe is from Jennifer Perillo’s book Homemade with Love. I have written earlier about my love for Jennie (read it here) and her recipes. This granola recipe is one of my favorites. I do not remember how many times I have made it. It is so simple and you really cannot go wrong with it. It has all the components of a complete nutritious breakfast, if you will. Oats, nuts, dried fruits, seeds, and no refined sugars. Dr. A likes to keep a mason jar full of this granola on his desk at work to snack on. It is great with milk, sprinkled on yogurt or just as is. Use whatever nuts and dried fruits you like and make it your own.

Adapted from Homemade with Love

Ingredients:

Rolled oats – 3 cups

Mixed nuts – 1 cup (for this batch I used pistachios, almonds, pecans and pumpkin seeds)

Sesame seeds – 2 tablespoon

Maple syrup – ¼ cup

Extra virgin olive oil – ¼ cup

Salt – ¼ teaspoon

Ground cinnamon – ½ teaspoon

Mixed dried fruit – 2 cups (I used tropical medley, candied ginger, apricots, cranberries and raisins)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F or 150 degrees C.

In a big mixing bowl, mix together oats, nuts, sesame seeds, extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, salt and cinnamon. Spread it on a big cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, shaking the pan/cookie sheet once midway during the baking time.

Once done, turn the oven off and take the cookie sheet out. Mix the dried fruit and let cool before storing in mason jars or other airtight containers. The granola can be stored in the pantry for up to two weeks. Like that is going to happen! Hah!

Love – Vaishali.

Tools used:

Oven

Cookie sheet

Measuring spoons and cups

Knife and chopping board

Mixing bowl

Rubber spatula

24 Comments

  1. Nina Nichols

    September 6, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    My mouth literally waters looking at this homemade granola! Looks so delicious. 😀

  2. Poorna Banerjee

    September 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    oh man, granola is my favorite way to start the day!

  3. Heather

    September 7, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I love making homemade granola! It’s so much better than store bought.

  4. Evelyn Hernandez

    September 7, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Homemade granola is great, and is an awesome way to stay away from the sugar loaded granola they sell at the supermarket.

  5. Amanda Dunn

    September 7, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m so glad that it doesn’t have honey. So many have honey and extra sugar. I’m going to have to try this!

  6. Prabashi

    September 7, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Granolas are my fav specially the once at Walmart. This is great recipe for me to try at home

  7. Monidipa Dutta

    September 8, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Homemade Granola looks so delicious… This is a nice way to stay away from Sugar.

  8. Kristina @ Spirit of the soul

    September 9, 2018 at 12:04 am

    This is going on my list to try. Looks easy enough for me to make!

  9. Mane

    September 9, 2018 at 6:12 am

    I want to try this recipe. Granola is my favorite for breakfast. Thanks for sharing it looks yummy!

  10. Everything On A Plate

    September 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    looks like we have something to try on the weekend

  11. Michelleonyourside

    September 9, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    This looks so good. Way better than any store bought granola.

  12. Astrid

    September 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I love homemade granola, and this recipe looks delicious! I am definitely trying it. Thanks for sharing

  13. jeferson

    September 10, 2018 at 5:39 am

    o I love granola bars…..it makes me full without having to gain excess pounds…..muesli is also a fave….

  14. Blair Villanueva

    September 11, 2018 at 12:22 am

    wow this treat looks delicious! I will do this as well at home!

  15. Puja

    September 11, 2018 at 2:55 am

    This recipe looks great. I am sure this will be much more healthy than the store bought version.

  16. my wee thoughts

    September 11, 2018 at 4:51 am

    This looks really healthy. I always buy granola just cause I love them. Should try making them at home for a change.

  17. April

    September 11, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  18. Christina

    September 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    This looks so good!! I love granola but so many store bought types contain WAY TOO much sugar. Also, I cannot do coconut which so many brands use. I cannot wait to try this recipe out myself!

  19. Tracey

    September 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing your granola recipe! Looks like an easy wheat-free option I can share with my family. I like that you can just toss in whatever ingredients you have on hand and its cooked in only a half hour!
    Excited to continue to read your new healthy blog posts!

    1. Vaishali

      September 11, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks Tracey. Yes, it is very versatile and I like it because I can make quick batches to accommodate allergies/intolerance etc. in the family.

  20. Swati

    September 11, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Wonderful! Your kids are so lucky! I mean all your recipes don’t just look yumm they are healthy as well

  21. Emily

    September 12, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Granola is one of my favorite things! I’ve only tried making it once and it was a bust haha I will have to try your recipe. It looks amazing!

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