Nutty Granola

January 13, 2009 · 24 comments

in breakfast/brunch,dairy-free,healthy

I can’t believe this is my 300th post! It’s weird to think something that started as a way to pass some time post-grad school would turn into a 2+ year blog. I’m so flattered so many of you have been keeping up with this little ol’ blog for so long. Thank you!

So, about 4 years ago, I started eating a lot healthier and, as you’d expect, some things were easier to change than others.  I’m a firm believer that you can’t just top everything bad for you all at once.  It’s unrealistic, and you will falter. You still need to indulge from time to time, and you need to take baby steps from the beginning. For example, here were my baby steps to eating better-for-me yogurt.

  1. Start eating “light” yogurt, though I’d much prefer bagels and cream cheese. Or Cheese Puffs.
  2. Start eating more whole, clean foods. Wait a second! This aspartame-loaded light yogurt tastes absolutely vile now. Switch to fruity, real-sugar yogurt.
  3. Ok, I don’t really *need* the added sugar and the fruit taste. Switch to Stonyfield nonfat vanilla.
  4. Take the plunge into nonfat, plain yogurt. Oh, crap. This is like step 2 all over again. It tastes no bueno.
  5. Mix things into the plain yogurt to make it more palatable. A teaspoon of sugar? A drizzle of honey? Some berries? Low sugar granola?
  6. Success!

I still much, much prefer Greek yogurt. Even the fat free kind is so creamy and feels indulgent. I buy that whenever I can but I need to switch back and forth because it’s so expensive (and I eat it so quickly).  But that was a stretch, too. I used to eat it all the time as a kid – with tablespoonfuls of sugar on top. I loved how crunchy it was with the sugar. Ha! Of course plain yogurt is not for everyone. My husband took the same steps, but ended at step 3. And that’s totally fine for him.

I came across this recipe for nutty granola in my Ellie Krieger cookbook. I like granola, I love nuts. There are no refined sugars in this recipe and it’s so easy to make. And it’s good. Really, really good. My husband was eating it by the handful, not even bothering to add it to his yogurt. Now, granola is probably one of those things I’ll never buy again. What’s the point when this version is so good and I always have the ingredients on hand?

Nutty Granola

Adapted from Ellie Krieger
Makes 9-10  1/4 cup servings

1.5 cups oats
1/4 cup unsalted almonds, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup unsalted walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pecans,  coarsely chopped
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. honey
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 300 and spray a large baking sheet with cooking oil.

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients, mixing well to  be sure everything is coated with the syrup and honey. Spread the mixture onto the prepared sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden  brown. Let cool completely before storing.

Nutritional Information per 1/4 cup: Calories: 140 / Fat: 7.5g / Saturated Fat: <1 g / Carbs: 17g / Protein: 3.5g / Fiber: 2.25g

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Cara January 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

Sounds and looks delicious!

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Kelsey January 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

What a wonderful 300th post! I look forward to many, many more.

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Joelen January 13, 2009 at 10:25 am

Looks great and I need to try making granola at home…

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kmays January 13, 2009 at 10:47 am

Yum! I keep meaning to try granola as well, and this is actually a recipe that includes things I have at home.

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colleen January 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I love granola! And congrats on 300!

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joan nova January 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

This is the second time recently that I saw a do-it-yourself granola. So simple. I’ve got to try it. I, too, love Greek yogurt but have found my supermarket’s brand of ‘no-fat sour cream’ tastes almost the same.

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Kate January 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I love making my own granola. I’ve been using a cooking light recipe for the past – 5 years…ish? Wow…that’s a long time!

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Ivy January 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Elly who can stop at 1/4 cup (280 calories) of this? I could eat this all at once :) I get stressed when I see the calories written in your posts. Can you add other ingredients as well, such as cashews, craisins, dried pineapple or other dried fruit, coconut? I have of these I can use.

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elly January 13, 2009 at 4:05 pm

You are too funny, Ivy. Actually it’s 140 calories, I accidentally started the info for 1/2 cup, so you can have even more. :) You can put anything you want in here! I think all of the things you mentioned would be delicious. The only thing I may worry about is the coconut – 30 minutes might too long for it to bake, but you can always toast it separately and mix it all together at the end.

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bensbaby116 January 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

You are reminding me how much my husband loves it when I make granola, and how it’s been a really long time since I made it! This recipe looks great.

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Susan from Food Blogga January 13, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Woo-hoo on 300! And once you get used to it, non-fat plain yogurt isn’t all that bad. I like to swirl in frozen berries and a dab of honey. That granola looks soooo good.

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Kevin January 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Making your own granola is fun. I like to eat plain yogurt with a tablespoon of honey and some toasted walnuts.

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Linds January 14, 2009 at 7:17 am

Looks great Elly! Congrats on 300 posts!

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Peter January 14, 2009 at 8:32 am

Greek yogurt all the way Elly…go back!

The yogurt and granola parfait looks yummy…drizzle some honey on top too!

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elly January 14, 2009 at 8:47 am

Don’t worry, Peter, I still eat greek yogurt as much as I can! I just have to switch back and forth because it’s SO expensive. Damn economy, lol.

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thelushers March 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm

This is now my new favorite way to make granola! Thanks!

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elly March 3, 2010 at 7:56 pm

So glad you liked it! We love it, too, and it’s definitely a staple in our home!

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Robyn September 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

i made this on sunday and have had it for breakfast the last couple days. i love it! a lot of granola recipes call for sugar and oil, so this is nice with only maple syrup and honey.

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elly September 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Glad you liked it, Robyn. I agree, it’s nice to find a granola recipe that actually is healthy & doesn’t have tons of butter or oil :)

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Sky December 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Its easy to make greek yogurt!! I do and have saved myself soooooooo much..just follow any of the recipes online.

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