April 11, 2012

Traditional Granola {Oven & Microwave Methods}

It's spring break week for me, and hubby took three days off too so we could do stuff together.  Isn't that sweet?

Here was my idea of what to do with our days off.



Here was my hubby's idea.  He's practical like that.




Unfortunately, I didn't win.

But between spreading wheelbarrow-full loads of mulch in our yard beds and taking in a viewing of The Hunger Games, I did manage to whip up a couple of batches of this tasty granola.  It's on my "30 for 2012 Project" list, so I'm very glad to have gotten to it.  I'm moving a little bit slow on my list!


This granola can be made in either the oven or the microwave.  So I tested both.  When there's an option like that, I like to know how both do.  I'm curious like that.

Both methods worked just fine.  The oven method gave a bit crisper-crunchier result, while the microwave method produced a bit softer-chewier granola.  Microwave is definitely much faster.  Either way, you use the same yummy ingredients ... but start just a tiny bit differently.

With the oven method, you start with melted butter and combine it with honey and vanilla ...
(that's our own honey, by the way ... isn't it gorgeous??)


... before adding the oats and other ingredients.


With the microwave method, you don't melt the butter.  You just chop it into small pieces and combine it with everything else in a microwave-safe bowl.


The only caution I give with the cooking is to watch your granola closely with the oven method ... as you may end up with some "extra-crispy" pieces if you're not careful.  See my "crispies" near the edges??  I wasn't watching closely enough toward the end of the baking time.  Oops!



I like the result of each method equally well ... so I'll probably go with the microwave method in future batches, just for ease and the time factor.  The best method for you? ... Just ask yourself ... "Crunchy or chewy?"  And there you'll have it!
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Traditional Granola
Source:  My Mom
Ingredients
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. old-fashioned oats
1/4 c. wheat germ (optional)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts (or other nut of choice)
1/2 c. raisins or currants (I use currants)


Directions
Microwave Method:
Cut butter into small pieces.  Combine all ingredients EXCEPT raisins/currants in a large microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 6 to 7 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.  Stir in raisins/currants.  Spread onto a baking sheet to cool.  Let cool completely.  Store tightly covered.

Oven Method:
Melt butter in a large bowl.  Add honey, vanilla, and cinnamon; stir to combine.  Add oats; stir until oats are well coated with butter mixture.  Add chopped nuts and stir to combine.  Spread mixture onto a baking pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and stir in raisins/currants.  Let cool completely.  Store tightly covered.

Enjoy!

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14 comments:

  1. This granola looks so tasty! I love eating granola with yogurt. YUM!

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  2. Oh yummmmmy Tracey! Can we call this healthy? I love Bare Naked granola but have never made my own - I can't wait to try this. And yes your honey does look gorgeous!!!

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    1. Why, CERTAINLY we can call this healthy, Lisa! No joke ... it actually IS healthy. I love making my own granola, because I can control exactly what's in it and change it up to suit my tastes. And it's so easy to do. I highly encourage you give making your own a try. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Delicious! I love granola. Thanks for the recipe!

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  4. Thank you for this blog and post. For Granola I like oven method.

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  5. I've never heard of making granola in the microwave before. I actually prefer chewier granola, so I will have to try that method soon.

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    1. And it's so quick and easy to make it in the microwave ... a big batch in a grand total of about 10 minutes flat. Thanks for dropping by, Matt!

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  6. Oh boy, your granola looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
    Pat

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  7. Those look terrific. Come and try out our wonderful banana pudding treat today. We would love to have you over.

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  8. Hopefully your next break will be at the beach :-) Thanks for sharing your recipe at Scrumptious Sunday!

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  9. WOW! :)Microwave granola, whoda thunk? great post! :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing this granola recipe. Never made our own before, this looks so yummy! We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Please come back and join us next week!! Thanks! -The Sisters

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  11. Never buy granola again. Wonderful.

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