Homemade Granola

Online showers are so much fun! I love being able to virtually share excitement about a friend’s upcoming nuptuals or the arrival of a new bundle of joy. Spoiler alert, two of my posts this week are for virtual baby showers. First up is Ashley from Ashley’s Cooking Adventures. Ashley is due in just a few short weeks and since she loves breakfast foods, that’s the theme for the shower!

I decided to whip up some Homemade Granola for this virtual baby shower (in reality, the granola came to work with me). I’m actually not a granola eater myself. Probably because I hate the texture of yogurt, and what else do you do with granola… But after making this granola at home, I figured out that you can eat it in a bowl of milk just like cereal – YUM!

I love recipes like this where it’s just a ratio of ingredients. That way you can use whatever you prefer or have on hand. I made sure to include dried blueberries because Hubby loves blueberries so much. Everyone at work loved the granola and it would be great to serve at a brunch themed baby shower. Especially if you package it in small mason jars with a bit of ribbon tied around the top.

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Homemade Granola

Making granola at home is an easy way to ensure you know what your family is eating!

Yield: 10 cups

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredient Possibilities
Old-Fashioned oats
Nuts
Dried fruits
Seeds (sesame, flax, sunflower, pumpkin)
Shredded or flaked coconut
Brown sugar
Cinnamon
Citrus zest
Chocolate chips

Wet Ingredient Possibilities
Maple Syrup
Honey
Canola oil
Vanilla
Molasses
Unsweetened apple sauce
Peanut butter

Ingredients I used
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg white, beaten
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

Feel free to choose any combination of ingredients. You want 9 parts dry ingredients to 1 part wet ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and lightly spray a large, rimmed baking sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, and cinnamon.

In a saucepan over low heat, combine oil, honey, and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat.

Gently pour the hot syrup over the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to mix everything together.

Add the beaten egg white if you want clumpy granola.

Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.

Bake for around 25 minutes or until golden. While itโ€™s baking, stir the granola around on the baking sheet from time to time so it will cook evenly.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Gently break apart and add dried fruit.

Store in a sealed, airtight container.

Always add dried fruits at the end, after the granola has cooled.

Store in an airtight container for 3 weeks. Any longer and the nut oils may go rancid.

Recipe adapted from The Apron Archives

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20 Responses to “Pina Colada Cupcakes”

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    Molly — March 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    These are so adorable! A friend once made me margarita cupcakes for a birthday, but I love the sound of all the coconut.

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    Flavia — March 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I love this cupcakes week!!!!! And even Pina-colada cupcakes…..ciao, Flavia

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    Daisy — March 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    these look incredible! I am LOVING cupcake week!

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    Allisonpence — March 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    These make me crave a warm summer day.

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    Megan — March 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    This sounds like a fun, summery cupcake recipe! Love it!

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    Rachel Marcisin — March 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Mmm these look awesome! But where’s the rum?

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    beantownbaker — March 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Tell me about it! I’m not excited about the rain/snow we’re supposed to get tonight and tomorrow.

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    beantownbaker — March 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Good point! They have the flavors of a pina colada without the alcohol. If you wanted to add some rum, I’d throw it into the filling.

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — March 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I’d like one of these cupcakes along with a pina colada on the beach!

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    Hezzi-D — March 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve really been into “booze” cupcake lately and yours looks fantastic! Perfect for a luau or a summer pool party!

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    Ann — March 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Those are truly beautiful cupcakes! I love Pina Coladas and I love cupcakes so…

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    These are so beautiful! Eating one of these would bring me back to Hawaii ๐Ÿ™‚

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    beantownbaker — March 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Ooohhh Hawaii sounds awesome right about now. I’ve never been.

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    Shannon — March 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    oh my gosh, those look adorable, and i love the flavor combo, too!!

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    Mary — April 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Very nice! May I ask how you set the background for your cupcake pics? The solid colors really bring attention to the cupcakes themselves.

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    beantownbaker — April 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    For the majority of my cupcakes, I use a piece 12×12 scrap-booking paper for my backgrounds. I have a big stack of a variety of colors and patterns.

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    Mary — April 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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    Audrey — April 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I love the garnishes on the top, they looke exactly like little poolside drinks. I have been wanting to try a cocktail-like cake since I went to “cupcake happy hour” at Kickass Cupcakes in Davis Square. Have you ever been there? Because if you haven’t you must go and try their mojito!

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    beantownbaker — April 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I have been to Kickass before during the Cupcake Crawl I hosted a couple years ago. In fact, we even tasted the mojito cupcake while we were there.

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    Paula Kelly-Bourque — April 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Such creative finishing touches to a perfectly delightful cupcake.

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