Monday, January 26, 2009

Homemade Granola

I can't remember the first time I had granola, but shortly afterwards I wrote it off. As a kid, it was too healthy. As an adult, it wasn't healthy enough. What began as a wholesome, grain based snack had at some point morphed into candy for rich hippies. Until I made it myself.

Ah, the power of "homemade." After years of eating a food dictated by popular consensus, in your own kitchen you finally gain the satisfaction of unchecked creative control. Want a salty granola? It's your call. Granola dotted with marrow croutons? Yes, we can.

Making your own version of a commercially available food is deeply satisfying for any home cook on a budget, especially if you have control issues. When I made my first batch of granola, and I've made more since, it finally tasted how I've always wanted it to and it cost what I've always wanted to pay: next to nothing.

While it might seem like a specialty snack, I didn't even have to buy anything to make it. If you feel the need to load it with acai and gogi you'll have to make a trip to the obnoxious store, but otherwise you can make do.

I adapted Bittman's recipe to what I had on hand, combined with observations from having watched others make it in the past. My version is not candy, but I do eat it as though it were. And it makes the house smell like winter should.

Recipe: Tons of Great, Cheap Granola

6 cups (real) oats
2 cup sunflower seeds (or whatever)
1 cup dried currants (or whatever)
1 cup dried coconut
1 cup honey
2 tbsp canola oil
pinch of salt
dash of cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven to 325. Combine everything but the currants and oil and mix well.

Spread the oil on two baking sheets, divide the granola between them, and toss lightly.

Bake until brown but not burnt, stirring as often as necessary (about 4 times, about half an hour.)

Let cool. Feel cool.

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Karen B said...

I was just thinking of making granola this week. :) must be winter. barefoot contessa has a good granola recipe too--only I think there's more oil in it.

Joanna said...

I also thought of Ina Garten's cherry almond cinnamon granola recipe which is my personal favorite and seems very like yours/Bittman's. I just shared that recipe with a friend last week. Seems like this weather turns our hearts towards granola. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Christy McGuire said...

Hi Aaron,

My granola was inspired by the same Mark Bittman recipe.

What did you think?

Christy (ZENmama)

Aaron Kagan said...


Loved it. Granola has remained a staple of my household since, with only minor tweaks. Thanks for asking.

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