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Morning with a Side of Granola

Granola is a phase of mine.  I will make batch after batch of it.  Substituting one nut for the next.  New dried fruit each time.  And then I just don’t make a new batch.  For a long time.  Yesterday, I felt the Granola calling.  It was whispering with a nutty gravel:  Make me.  Make me.  Make me and give me away.  When food whispers, you’d better listen.

I had Smitten Kitchen’s new book in our library pile and remembered there was a granola recipe in the first half.  I flipped and started cooking with what I had.  Thankfully it was delicious.  Try it out.  And maybe in a few months, Granola will start whispering to you too.

Morning Maple Granola

adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3 C. rolled oats

1 C. chopped pecans.

1 C. sweetened coconut

1/4 C. toasted wheat germ

2 T. olive oil

1/2 t. salt

1/2 C. maple syrup

1 egg white

1 C. dried cranberries

1 C. chocolate chips.

Mix  everything except egg white, dried cranberries, and chips.

Whisk the egg white until frothy and then mix into the oat mixture.

Spread mixture into a single layer on baking sheet.  Cook for 45-55 minutes.  Halfway through toss granola and rotate pan.

Let cool on a cooling rack.  Once cool, mix in the fruit and chocolate.




  • Sarah Jane - It seems rather silly to me that I’ve never made granola. It’s one of those things I don’t buy at the store, because I know we could make it for tastier & cheaper, but have yet to do it. This is going to be my go-to for when it finally happens. I’m on the waiting list at our library for that book, pretty excited for it!January 7, 2013 – 1:51 amReplyCancel

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