August 09, 2010

Recipe of the week -- Honey Nut Granola


I never really thought I was a granola person, but now I am a believer!

My granola journey started as an idea of something to sell at the farmer's market. I see gourmet granola everywhere for $4-$6 for 8 oz. and it seems to sell. I go to these little Mom & Pop places and people are buying it. Of course my first thought was "I can make that sooooo much cheaper". Um.....not really I discovered.

There is a reason that that gourmet granola is so expensive. These ingredients are not cheap. If I buy in bulk they are a little better, but still......

I wanted to make sure that I was at least covering my cost and at best making a profit. I actually took the time to weigh every ingredient as it went in and figure my cost per batch. I know....I'm such a nerd :o). I discovered each batch cost me $5.70. That was the cost of the actual ingredients by how much was used. I didn't dare add up the cost of everything I spent because you can't just buy 1 tsp. of vanilla or 1 cup almonds. You have to buy them in larger quantities. I think I actually bought enough for maybe 4 batches or so.

The whole point of this is that I am in love with granola now and although it's expensive, it's still cheaper to make at home.

Honey Nut Granola

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300*F.
In a large bowl, stir oats, nuts and sunflower seeds together. In a separate bowl, mix together oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Add to dry ingredients; mix well. Spread mixture onto two ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven, for 10 minutes, remove from oven and stir. Return to oven and continue baking until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing.


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19 comments:

  1. Oh, this looks yummy! I'm going to love your blog!

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  2. I like my granola with lots of nuts. this looks amazing!

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  3. Hi Stephani! Lovely recipe for some yummy looking granola and thanks for participating in the two for tuesday recipe blog hop. Please put a link back to the hop so more folks can join in the fun! :) Alex@amoderatelife

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  4. Hi, I'm following from Quality Times Follow me Monday.
    I love granola! It is so not appreciated!

    http://thebristolproject.blogspot.com/

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  5. I just love homemade granola (so much better than the store bought stuff), and yours looks delicious.

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  6. Looks yummy! I love your blog!

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  7. Looks So good, and something I can eat on my candida diet.

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  8. Your granola does sound absolutely delicious - you've used some wonderful ingredients!

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  9. Glad to have you join us at Two for Tuesdays, Stephani. I love homeamade granola, too...your versions sound absolutely delicious. (ps...don't forget to add a link back to one of the hosts so others can share in the REAL food love)!! =)

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  10. I am not a granola person but this definitely looks tempting. Thanks.

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  11. Following from FMBT.

    Happy Tuesday!


    Hope you can follow mine too =)
    http://sokikay.blogspot.com

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  12. This sounds so delish. Thanks so much for sharing and linkin up for Tasty Tuesdays!

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  13. I'm your newest follower from FMBT! LOVE your blog and I can't wait to make your granolar recipe!
    www.ryanchristyandlanden.blogspot.com

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  14. Mmm, makes me think of the granola my mom always made for me growing up (I'll try NOT to think of the reconstituted powered milk that she poured over it!). Thanks for sharing with Two for Tuesday.

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  15. There's something deeply satisfying about making your own granola I find. I'm always looking for new variations - thanks for sharing yours - sounds delicious.
    Sue

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  16. Mmmmmmmmmmm! Yummy! HAVE got to try this one!!! :-)
    Thanks for linking up to What's Cooking Wednesday!

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  17. Stephani, I found out as well that granola is not cheap to make. Especially when including different nuts and seeds. Your version sounds so yummy and I'll for sure have to give this a try. Thanks so much for linking up to Two for Tuesdays.

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  18. I have been looking for a good granola recipe for a while! What do you think about adding finely chopped dates for sweetness and chewiness?

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  19. I love making granola and can't wait to try out this recipe! It looks wonderful. Found you from Real Food Wed.

    Would love to have you join my carnival Tip Day Thursday.

    www.aroundmyfamilytable.com

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