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Making Granola at Home, Easy, Yummy and Healthy: Recipe #2

Updated on June 12, 2013
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I am a K-12 Art teacher at a small school district and love to cook, therefore most of my Hubs are art projects for kids or recipes. Enjoy

Easy and yummy homemade granola
Easy and yummy homemade granola | Source
Cast your vote for granola with dried cranberries & chocolate chips

Granola is a healthy and nutritious snack that is really quite easy to make at home. The hardest part of making it is keeping an eye on it so that it does not burn. When I watch it, I turn it every 10 or 15 minutes, baking it for a total of 30 - 45 minutes. It should be cooled on a wire rack since the granola will keep baking on the sheet while the pan is hot. It is like cookies in that regard, I take my cookies out just when they start browning. Same for the granola. Also, make sure you allow the granola to cool for the most part before adding your dried fruit. If you decide to add chocolate chips (this makes granola much more appealing to my kids), let the granola cool completely or the chocolate will melt. I eat granola dry throughout the day, I also eat it in a bowl with milk for breakfast or a treat. I hope you enjoy my second granola recipe that I have come up with and published a Hub about!

Everything you need to make the granola
Everything you need to make the granola | Source
The granola is ready to get put in the oven
The granola is ready to get put in the oven | Source
Granola baking in the oven
Granola baking in the oven | Source
Finished granola, you can add whatever dried fruits you like to your version of granola
Finished granola, you can add whatever dried fruits you like to your version of granola | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: About four - five cups of granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked oatmeal, rolled oats not instant
  • 1 cup rice cereal squares, crushed
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped or sliced
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, I use Penzey's Vietnamese
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit, I used dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

How To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or line one with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Using a food processor, chop or slice the almonds as you like, or buy them already sliced. I left mine in fairly large chunks, but I let the processor break them up some.
  3. In a large bowl, mix your oats, crushed cereal, chopped almonds and cinnamon together well.
  4. In a smaller bowl, melt your butter and peanut butter together for about 30 seconds in the microwave. This makes it easier to use for coating the dry ingredients. Add the syrup (you could also use honey or a mix of honey and syrup) and blend these three ingredients together well.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients in the large bowl. Blend well so that everything is coated fairly evenly. Spread the granola mix onto the prepared cookie sheet (you could also use any 10 x 13" inch pan, deeper pans may have less spillage for you).
  6. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes total. I turn my granola every about every 10 - 15 minutes. Watch it so that it does not burn. Once the granola is a golden brown color, take it out and let it cool on a wire rack.
  7. After letting the granola cool at least 30 minutes (I let mine cool an hour), you can add your dried fruit. If you are adding chocolate chips, as I did, you should probably let it cool at least an hour. The chocolate will melt if you add it too soon.
After allowing the baked granola to cool, at least one half hour or hour, you can add the dried cranberries and chocolate chips, the chips will get melty if it's too warm
After allowing the baked granola to cool, at least one half hour or hour, you can add the dried cranberries and chocolate chips, the chips will get melty if it's too warm | Source

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    Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I really need to start making my own granola. There are so many excellent recipes out there. This one looks delicious and so easy to customize! Thanks.

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I love adding peanut butter, feel free to add a little more to give it even stronger PB flavor. Mine is pretty subtle in PB flavor, but I really find it addicting and can't stop eating sometimes, which is tough with braces. And the rice squares are great, probably any flavor you choose would be ok, too.

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    Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

    This sounds really yummy--I had not thought about using those rice crispy squares or peanut butter. I will have to try this!

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    Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

    Wonderful recipe, Amber. I never thought about the cookies - or granola - continuing to cook because of the heat of the pan. Thanks for the information!