Cereal selection is sorely lacking in our little corner of the world. Here in Nabire, we usually have three choices: Corn Flakes, Honey Gold Corn Flakes or some kinda of Coco Pop/Krispie. We miss cereal. We dream about cereal. We take pictures of the cereal aisle when we are in America. Cereal is a beautiful thing.
I’ve done a lot of experimenting with granola since we can get oatmeal. There are a whole lot of granola recipes out there if you’re looking, but in my experience there are some real winners and some real losers. Here are three recipes that we keep coming back to:
Basic Granola (recipe from the amazing Carolyn Crockett)
12 cup oatmeal
2 cup white sugar
2 cup brown sugar (I use palm sugar)
2 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 cup flour
2 cup oil (I use coconut oil)
2 cup water
2 Tb Cinnamon
Mix it all together. Bake on low (325) for 1.5 hours, stirring once or twice.
This recipe is awesome because you can add/subtract what you want. Don’t want that much sugar? Reduce it! Want to add raisins or nuts? Go for it! (Add raisins after the granola is baked…baked raisins aren’t so great.)
Yummy Granola (recipe from the awesome Karin Allrich)
3 cup shredded coconut
4 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar (or palm)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Mix it all together. Bake @ 350 for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
This granola looks kinda like cookie dough when you’re mixing it together and it’s delicious! And similar to the first one, you can modify it as needed.
Maple Pecan Granola (recipe from the internet somewhere)
2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup maple syrup (I actually used pancake syrup)
1/4 cup brown sugar (or palm)
2 Tbs coconut oil
1/8 tsp salt
Mix it all together. Bake @300 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Oh. My. Goodness. This is my favorite granola at the moment. It’s amazingly delicious. In fact, the first time I made it, I followed the recipe as above, tasted it when it was done, and quickly mixed up some more because I knew it wasn’t going to last long in my house. A. Mazing.
So, yes, all of these granola recipes contain sugar. But the awesome thing about granola is that it’s super versatile. You can substitute honey, real maple syrup or agave syrup, or whatever your sweetener preference is. I’ve also added ground flax seed, nuts, seeds…whatever you want! Experiment and discover your own favorite granola recipe.