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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30 Responses to “Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake”

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    CB — March 30, 2008 at 4:57 am

    I love the idea of perfect party minicakes!! They look delish! Great job! That flour picture is so funny. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that – flour on the counter, on my KA, in my hair, on my face!
    Clara @ Iโ™ฅfood4thought

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    Nemmie — March 30, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Yum! Love the raspberry/lemon combo, and the mini cakes are adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Morven — March 30, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Well done – what an innovative variation. They look so cute!

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    Maryann — March 30, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I can totally relate to the slippery effect.
    Your cake looks beautiful!

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    Sheltie Girl — March 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    You did a lovely job on all your mini cakes.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

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    slush — March 30, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Adorable! Your KA and mine would be best friends. ‘Chuck’ is always filthy. Poor guy. He gets cleaned up, just to be coated again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Ben — March 30, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    How cute! Making mini-cakes is a great idea. Next time I make this cake I will try that, I still have a HUGE cake in the fridge I need to eat :-/

    Cheers!

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    ~Amber~ — March 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Great idea on the mini cakes. They are really cute. Great job. To the next challenge we go.

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    Carrie — March 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    beautifully done!!! love it!!!

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    Jerry — March 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I love the little cakes! Plus the raspberries! Yummy!

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    L Vanel — March 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    The mini cakes look really amazing!

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    Allergy Mom — March 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    The minicakes are wonderful! Now, you’ll need my address to send one…Libby ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Butta Buns — March 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Love the idea of the mini cakes, that’s so adorable!

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    Bridget — March 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Mini-cakes are definitely more work than one large cake! They’re so cute though.

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    Nikki — March 30, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    What a cute idea! They look adorable!

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    Gail — March 30, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I love desserts in miniature and your mini cakes look beautiful. I think I will most definitely be making mini cakes sometime in the near future – thank you for the wonderful idea!

    ~gail

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    Claire — March 30, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I’m loving the mini versions! The cake looks fantastic. Mmmmm!

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    Peabody — March 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I made mini ones too. I hate to tell you but it is way easier to frost a whole cake than mini ones. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Looks great.

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    Beth G. — March 30, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful!! You did a gorgeous job :O)

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    Namratha — March 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    These individual cakes look pretty…well done!

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    Lesley — March 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Really cute idea to make individual cakes, I love that. Great job!

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    jasmine — March 31, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I adore your minicakes. V lovely.

    j

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    leafy bombshell — March 31, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Oh! the minicakes are just the best idea ever. I probably should have done that with my oh-so flat cakes. How great.

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    Ritsumei — March 31, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Mini cakes -what a great idea! I think I’m going to have to try that here pretty soon. Looks like a delicious lot of fun. Especially the part where you get to eat the scraps. I think this cake was some of the best I’ve had.

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    ruthEbabes — March 31, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    What cute little mini cakes! Aren’t things just better when they’re mini?

    Great work!

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    Gabi — March 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I love the little cakes and the picture with the raspberry and lemon zest is so enticing!
    Perfect!
    xoxo
    Gabi

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    Jenny — April 1, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Another messy baker here! And I love the mini cakes – I’m nice to see its as low-tech as cutting circles out of larger pieces rather than trying to bake a bunch of cakes in miniature pans.

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    creampuff — April 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Jen,

    Your little cakes are gorgeous! I too love swiss buttercream … congratulations on a job well done!

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    JMom — April 1, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    wow, that takes some patience, putting all those cakes together! They are just the cutest though. ~ JMom

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    Big Boys Oven — April 2, 2008 at 8:54 am

    so petite and cute!

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