A Gr8 treat to have on hand
Who doesn't love a little crispy crunch in the morning? I'm not talking about bacon this time friends! Something a little more healthy! How does homemade granola sound? Baked oats with toasted almonds and walnuts (and/or pecans)! Oh my! Delicious! They're the perfect addition when sprinkled onto Kyle's Overnight Oats. This granola recipe is the perfect breakfast or snack. And for my husband, Phil, at work he calls that his lunch! At home after dinner…his dessert! This recipe makes the perfect amount. Enough to have a few baggies on hand at home and in my purse or car when I'm on the go.
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Even better to share!
When the four of us are heading off to our first blogging conference as a team, the International Food Blogger Conference in Sacramento, we knew we we'd want to tuck a healthy snack into our totes during our busy days. And nothing beats homemade, right?! After attending many conferences for work, I noticed that bloggers love giving "treats" to eachother. It seemed like the right thing to do, and the granola would be the perfect treat to share.
This granola recipe is the one to make for tucking and taking! Be careful, it's addicting! Make a batch before you head off of your next trip and pack it in the small snack size plastic bags. Be sure to take enough to share, especially at a food blogger's conference!
Granola has the perfect combination of sweet, tart and crunch! Whether you only like one type of nut, or a variety, the toasty-ness of the almonds from California Almonds and walnuts from the California Walnut Commission adds the perfect crunch. And the added crisp of the wheatgerm and the yummy chewiness of the dried fruit, give it a delicious finishing touch!
So we packed up a few little bags full of Granola as "gifts" to some of our fellow bloggers during our days at IFBC , most importantly because we knew everyone loves a gift...especially an edible one! Besides, they might want to even sprinkle some on their yogurt at breakfast! As a result, we gained some new friends who were happy to now have the granola recipe! The amount of sweetness from the dried fruit and the hint of golden honey is ideal!
This is the perfect hotel room snack after a Gr8 day!
Granola, the Perfect Snack!
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup mild honey or maple syrup
- 1 cup raw wheat germ
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 cups chopped mixed nuts,, (almonds, walnuts, and pecans)
- 2 cups mixed dried fruit,, (cranberries and raisins or other dried fruit)
- Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in the middle of the oven.
- Thoroughly combine the oil, honey, wheat germ, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl.
- Stir in oats and nuts.
- Transfer granola to an uncreased metal baking pan (the one I use is about 9"x 12" with a 2" rim.)
- Bake 15 minutes, then stir and continue to bake. Check and stir every few minutes, rotating pan, until golden brown. About 10 minutes more. It will seem a little soft, but becomes crispy and crunchy as it sits.
- Stir in dried fruit and cool to room temperature.
Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:Freezes for up to 1 month in airtight container.
I received a discount on the registration fee for the conference in exchange for a few posts. No other compensation has been received.