Everyday Reading: My Daily Breakfast Granola

February 20, 2013

My Daily Breakfast Granola

A couple of weeks ago, I was doing my normal grocery shopping and when I went to pick up some yogurt, I noticed that the Brown Cow Vanilla Cream Top yogurt was marked down to 50 cents a container.

Of course, this was because they were set to expire the next day. But if you've been reading for more than five minutes, you know that I don't actually care about expiration dates at all (much to Bart's dismay - I've learned just to never mention to him that the buttermilk I'm using expired before Christmas (you think I'm joking. I most certainly am NOT. Also, you now are probably thinking you never want to eat anything I make for you)).

I bought four quarts.

Now Ella and I have been enjoying a daily bowl of that yogurt with this granola, some dried cranberries, and a few early strawberries.

This recipe is from Perry's Plate and it is excellent. I love the little kick that the ginger gives is, and I also like how fast it is to put together. I leave out all the nuts and dried fruit and then just add whatever I feel like on a particular morning. So this is a very basic recipe and it costs practically nothing to make, since it's the nuts and dried fruit that tend to make it expensive.

And it tastes amazing over expired yogurt.



Basic Granola
(slightly adapted from Perry's Plate)

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 T ground flaxseed
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons oil (I like coconut best)
1/2 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

In a small saucepan, heat honey and oil until well-combined. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.

Spread the granola evenly onto a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes (be especially careful to get the edges since that's where it's most likely to burn).

Let cool and store in an airtight container.


21 comments:

  1. I keep saying I'm gonna make granola, but the cost of all the nuts and stuff kills me. I might try this, I think I have everything except the flax.

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  2. Expiration dates are such a racket. I don't know if it's motivated by greed (getting you to throw away food to buy more) or by the need to cover their butts (setting the date so early so there's no possible chance it will have gone bad...and then moving it up a few more weeks to be sure), but nothing is ever bad at the expiration date. Especially yogurt.

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    1. I beg to clarify, Kimberly F. You might say "few things are ever bad at the expiration date," but "nothing" leaves out those rare times when your trust in the expiration date leaves you with a mouth full of unpleasantness. That said, companies are conservative with expiration dates in order to "cover their butts", as you eloquently suggested, and I'm not as strict about the actual expiration date as I am about smelling everything. Even yogurt. Just sayin'...

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  3. Yep, this is my very favorite granola, too (and I agree, it's best with coconut oil). We go through POUNDS of this stuff. Except I do add nuts (love how they get all toasty, although I probably only do about half), skip the flaxseed, add nutmeg and allspice, and do half maple syrup/half honey. EVEN better that way. I saw a recipe that includes quinoa recently that I might try next time.

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  4. I have been thinking of making granola lately, so I may give this a try. It would make a nice change from my regular recipe. And I totally agree with you about expiration dates. They don't mean much, but they can sometimes provide a good bargain.

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  5. I play pretty fast and loose with expiration dates. My family calls me 'the nose' because I can smell (and taste) things that no one else can. I trust my over-active olfactory receptors more than some government agency's determination for acceptable expiration/best by/use by dates. Our milk regularly lasts a week to 10 days beyond the sell by date. We don't open the fridge a lot and neither of us loves milk (I know that this is very shocking to some people). I've definitely eaten yogurt that was many many weeks past its expiry date. I purposely save eggs for a long time because they're so much easier to peel when they're older.

    And finally, the granola looks DELICIOUS. I need to try it.

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  6. I'm sure you've already read American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom. This post reminded me of that book. Our store doesn't discount almost-expired yogurt and I don't understand that! I'm someone who would throw dairy away a day BEFORE the expiration but I've changed my ways since I read Bloom's book. The granola looks so yummy...

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  7. Thank you! I was just looking for a good tried and true granola recipe as I'm trying to gear my kids away from the garbage that is store bought cereal. Do you think it would still be yummy without the shredded coconut and ginger? I'm not a fan of either of those things.

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  8. I love this granola - I've made it twice in the past week, though I left out the cinnamon, ginger, and coconut and added pecans. It tastes like pecan pie this way!

    And P.S. I finally got around to trying the brownie recipe you posted and we ended up making it 3 times in one week! It's awesome. Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. It was your previous comments about buttermilk lasting past it's expiration date that emboldened me to give it a try. I waste much less now! But one time some came out in solid form, and I knew I had pressed my luck too far. Thankfully there's only been that one instance. Regular milk....I'm not there yet. Let it sit untouched a few days in the fridge and I start getting the heebie jeebies.

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  10. Mmm... homemade granola. I was on such a homemade granola kick a few months ago but have basically stopped cooking since we moved. May I add a tiny bit of almond extract to your granola?

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  11. This looks like a good one. I have a couple favorites, and this is similar but almost a bit easier. I assume it's nice and dry/crunchy? I don't like "granola" that is chewy. And expiration dates are of course just guidelines, right? I just keep stuff until it obviously smells or looks bad.

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  12. The plain yogurt by Brown Cow is my favorite ever (so yummy with no added sugar). Sometimes Whole Foods has it on sale and I buy like 15-20 at one time (I also don't care about expiration dates), which, without fail, makes me look like a crazy person.

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  13. I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't really care about expiration dates. I gross my husband out because I drink my lactose-free milk LONG after it expires (since he gets to still have the real stuff). I just can't stand wasting food, especially when it's expensive.

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  14. I am SO GLAD you said that about the expiration dates. I'm the same way, and my husband is forever giving me grief about it. He is so strict about them, so I just don't tell him when I'm using something that's expired. I was starting to think I was the weird one.

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  15. I, like you, am not put off by expiration dates. My husband seems to be in Bart's camp in that if he's aware it's expired he's cautious (if not downright adamant about not using/eating). I can usually slip things past him...unless he insists on sniffing. The sniff tests are as off-putting to me as using "expired" products are for him. We love a good compromise 'round these parts though so we can usually agree to either toss or consume. He's much better at compromising than I (or less stubborn). Great post!

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  16. I do not pay attention to expiration dates either, especially for something like yogurt. I just made my first batch of homemade granola last week and I love it. Never going back to store bought again. This looks like a great one to try. Mine had maple syrup but I would like to try honey or brown sugar as yours listed.

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  17. When it's canned the expiration date doesn't mean much... but if it's in the fridge, I'm a stickler. Mostly because I HATE smelling things to see if they are bad or not. And since Jeremy isn't around enough to do the honors, it get's tossed if it's questionable. This is mostly for milk. And things without expiration dates like leftovers. If it's been five days, it's out, no smelling necessary!

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  18. I about licked my screen that looks so delicious! Definitely want to try this one. I love yogurt with granola!

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  19. Just made this and LOVED it.

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