winter granola

28 Feb

My husband is in love.

With granola.

Thankfully, with MY granola. He has yet to go behind my back to buy store-bought granola. That would be very crushing to me.

I also love granola and I must admit, it is not easy making it when I can’t have any! Dang that sugar.

You may remember I posted a granola recipe this past summer which you can find here. I like that granola a lot and it’s great to make in the summer because you don’t have to turn on your oven. I think I’ll start calling that summer granola. My summer granola is currently on hiatus. Not because we don’t like it anymore, but because I enjoy having the oven on during the frigid winter months.

This winter  granola that has  also become Brette’s request of late.  I’ve morphed it over the past year to a version that I think is the best. It takes a little longer, but only in terms of oven time. It’s a snap to put together. It also makes your kitchen smell divine. I’m baking a batch right now and it’s intoxicating.  The cinnamon-y goodness is even getting the dog excited.

So, if you’ve been thinking about biting the bullet and making your own granola (Anne), give this one a whirl. Once you have the ingredients on hand it’s so much cheaper to make at home and it is better than anything you can buy at the store.

Like a lot of granola recipes, it’s easy to substitute for items you like more or because you happen to have them on hand. I’ve included some swaps in the recipe that I think are tasty.

Winter Granola

Note: Rolled oats, walnuts, and dried fruit are so much cheaper if bought in bulk. Heck, a lot of co-ops have honey and maple syrup in bulk as well.  It’s cool to shop in the bulk section. Plus, it’s a little easier on the environment. Hopping off the soap box now.


4 Tbsp. Walnut Oil, divided  (you could use another nut oil like almond or hazelnut and use that corresponding nut. Canola oil would also work – just don’t use olive oil).

2 large egg whites (or 1/4 C. liquid egg whites if you’re into that)

3/4 C. brown sugar (light or dark)

Pinch of salt

3 C. rolled oats

1 C. walnuts, broke into pieces (pecans, almonds or a combination would work too)

1/2 C. ground flax seed

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 C. dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, dates, cherries – all of one or a mix. Brette is in love with a dried fruit mix I found at the Super Target).

1/4 C. maple syrup (honey or agave would work fine)

Preheat oven to 325.

Brush 2 Tbsp. oil onto a baking sheet. Mix the other 2 Tbsp. oil with brown sugar, egg whties, and a pinch of salt. Add the oats, walnuts, and flax and mix until evenly coated. Spread onto oiled baking sheet. Bake for 13 minutes. Pull granola up with a metal spatula (so it doesn’t stick permanently to your pan) and redistribute. Bake for another 13 minutes. Mix up the granola. Sprinkle on the dried fruit and drizzle the maple syrup over the top. Bake for another 10-12 minutes. Spread out onto parchment or wax paper and let cool.  Sample a few pieces (you’ve earned it) and store in an airtight container.

Eat by itself, or with some milk or yogurt.

Do you already make your own granola? If so, tell me about it!

14 Responses to “winter granola”

  1. Brette February 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    My body mass is currently 11% granola.

  2. Monica February 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    is there a lower fat way to make it? i always feel like the store kind is high in fat.

    • jen March 1, 2010 at 8:09 am #

      Monica – try the summer granola. It does not have any oil in it so that would cut back on the fat. I will say, that the fat that is in this one is the good for you kind. :)

  3. Kari March 1, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    Thank you I will try this weekend

  4. Kayduh March 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    when do you add the cinnamon? to the oats/flax or the fruit/syrup?

    • jen March 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

      Great question! Thanks for catching that. I add it with the oats and flax. It probably doesn’t make a difference though since it all comes together in the end.
      Enjoy!

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