Homemade Granola with Mixed Nuts and Coconut

Homemade Granola with Mixed Nuts and Coconut

I may need an intervention. I started making my own granola a couple of years ago and it’s out of control. If I don’t have some for breakfast, well, it’s not pretty. I can’t concentrate, coffee barely helps and I’m so desperate that I’ve wondered if Cheerios and Craisins on yogurt would satisfy in a pinch. Luckily I’m aware of the need and have done a good job of stocking the granola jar. Yes, a jar…just for my granola. I made Maple Walnut Granola first and loved, loved, loved it. From there I altered a couple of things and was happy with that 2nd batch too. I first made this recipe a couple of years ago; it was one of those reader requested recipes in Bon Appetit’s RSVP section and I agree with that reader, it is wonderful I did have to search a bit for pepitas but part of the fun is trying some unique ingredients and they qualified. FYI…try Sprouts if you use them, that’s where I found mine.

Homemade Granola with Mixed Nuts and Coconut

This recipe called for browning the nuts in butter and then adding to the oat mixture after it had baked. That seemed like both an extra step and a lot of extra calories so as much as I loved browned butter, I’ve omitted it and did as I usually do and mixed the nuts with the oats and other ingredients and baked everything together in the oven. The beauty of granola is it’s huge diversity. All you really have to do is keep the ratios constant and  you can mix it up as you please. Today: I had no cashews so threw in some sunflower seeds instead. Try maple syrup instead of honey too and of course  you could use raisins instead of craisins buy I love that bit of color in mine. I have so many ideas; I’m gonna need another jar.

Homemade Granola with Mixed Nuts and Coconut
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Granola with Mixed Nuts and Coconut – Bon Appetit RSVP

If you've never made your own granola you have to try this...you will never buy from the grocery store again!
Prep Time20 mins
Calories:
Author: Creative Culinary

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds pepitas
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Spread coconut on small rimmed baking sheet. Toast until light brown, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Cool. Maintain oven temperature.
  • Spray large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Mix oats and next 8 ingredients in large bowl. Spread on sheet. Bake until oats are golden, stirring occasionally, about 25-30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper over; toss. Cool.
  • Mix the oat mixture with the dried cranberries and coconut in a large bowl.
  • Store in an airtight container; great with Greek Yogurt.

Bon Appétit, February 2011
Recipe from The Fly Trap, Ferndale, MI

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22 Comments

    1. I don’t Andre; it was from a recipe in a magazine and they got it from a restaurant so none of that information was included and I don’t personally work up nutritional information for posts.

  1. I’ve always been a big fan of granola, especially in a bowl of creamy fruity yogurt. But I’ve never experienced the true awesomeness of granola until this year, i promise to try this recipe.

  2. Mr. RGBistro LOVES granola. And I’ve never gotten around to preparing him any, because so far, buying a scoop from the local farmers’ market is so much easier.

    But I’ve officially book-marked this one, because I love every ingredient on the list.

    Beautiful photos – love the lighting!

    [K]

  3. I’ve been making a lot of homemade granola lately… In fact, I made a batch this afternoon! This recipe is very similar to mine… Except I use maple syrup instead of the honey and sugar. The addition of pumpkin seeds sounds great… I’ll have to hunt some down next time!

    1. I ran out yesterday morning. I almost cried this morning it’s become such a standard now for breakfast; some yogurt and granola. I mix it up each time. I make a walnut and date one with maple syrup and walnut oil and thing I might be doing that this afternoon…thanks for the reminder Jen.

  4. As long as you are still shaving your legs and wearing the proper foundation garments I would not stress about the temptation to make granola. This looks great! Really fresh and flavorful (not the teeth chipped chunk stuff). Must add to my ‘to make’ list. Can I come over for breakfast?

  5. I’ve been wanting to make my own granola because I buy the house made at Whole Foods and it’s delicious…and comes with a hefty price tag. Thanks for the recipe and I’m loving that browned butter part!

  6. Oh, my. I think I would have to go with the browned butter step. Browned butter transfers everything to a new taste level and I really like that.
    I have been making our own Granola for a while now (mostly Chai scented and also some Allspice Almond Date) and my family is just eating it up in now time. I can hardly keep up with it anymore. We are out again and I may have to try yours with the browned butter step. Thanks, Barb.

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