The Granola Blogroll: The Ultimate Authority on Great Granola Recipes

If you Google the words granola recipe, you'll get approximately 137,000 hits. Putting quotes around "granola recipe" will get you down to, oh, about 25,000 hits.

That's just a bit too many.

I thought I'd help bring some order to the granola universe out there, and so I've put together a linkfest of what I consider to be exceptional granola recipes. Some of these recipes come from food sites and blogs I know and trust, other recipes caught my eye because they were particularly creative or original. I have looked over each and every one of these recipes with a critical eye for quality.

In general, a good granola recipe shouldn't be too sugary (we're making granola here, not candy), nor should it contain too much salt (in that case you might as well buy industrially-made granola at the store). The recipe should be relatively easy to make, and it shouldn't break the bank--after all, this is Casual Kitchen.

Some of these recipes contain creative, even obscure, ingredients, but the vast majority of them are totally straightforward. My goal was to have all of these recipes pass at least some of the five easy questions, so they should all be fairly easy for you to make in your own kitchen.

This exercise was surprisingly fun, and best of all, it gave me some great ideas for variations on my own granola recipe. I hope you find it helpful!

And of course, feel free to chime in down in the comments section if you have any favorite granola recipes you'd like to share.

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Homesick Texan: Uncle Austin's Granola
Once again, Homesick Texan gets it done with this one. Simple and straightforward, with an emphasis on coconut flakes. One of the amusing alternate names for this recipe is “Health Camp Hi-Carb Granola: Preferred by Nudists Everywhere.” It must be good with that kind of endorsement.

Chunky Date, Coconut and Almond Granola from Epicurious
I think I'd double this recipe right off the bat. Contains cashews and dates.

Jennifer's Granola from Allrecipes
The flax seed in this recipe will give you a healthy dose of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, and the wheat germ will give you a healthy dose of protein. One especially useful feature in Allrecipes is the convenient buttons for converting to metric or for scaling up the recipe.

Homemade Granola by Stephanie Jaworski
At joyofbaking.com. This recipe is sweetened with maple syrup, also contains a lot of useful suggestions for modifications.

A Granola Recipe from My Mom's Hippie Youth
At slashfood.com. Marisa McClellan shares a granola recipe from 1970's San Francisco with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut. When you Google granola or any related terms, this will likely be one of the very first results. It deserves to be there.

Smitten Kitchen's Granola Recipe, adapted from Calle Ocho
SK's recipe starts off with a pumpkin butter recipe which looks interesting, but if you want to get right to the granola recipe, just scroll about 1/3 of the way down the page.

Even the New York Times has a granola recipe
What's most surprising to me is how unpretentious this recipe is.

Pam Anderson's granola recipe in the USA Today
No, it's not that Pam Anderson. Contains eight variations on the main recipe. Try #3: Granola with Tropical Flavoring. Also contains useful advice on making granola clusters: "to help the cereal cluster, add a smidgen of water. In combination with the oil and liquid sweetener, the water mixes with the wheat germ to create a delicious mortar." Mmmmm... mortar.

Mix and Match Granola from The Prepared Pantry
What's intriguing about this recipe is that it calls for any combination of rolled oats, wheat, or barley as the base of the mix.

Going Raw's Raw Granola
A shout-out to any of you who are interested in a raw-only version of granola. Although if you ask me, it's a slippery slope using a dehydrator and still calling your recipe "raw." You'll probably have to make some substitutions here for some of the more difficult to find ingredients.

Pistachio Granola from fruitandveggieguru.com
Naturally, this recipe comes from a large pistachio producer, Paramount Farms. But I like the fact that this recipe uses apple juice instead of oil to hold itself together.

Diet for a Small Planet's Chunky Granola Recipe, courtesy of TulipGirl
This recipe contains whole wheat flour and millet. Very interesting. Also with several suggested variations.

FitFam.com's Quick and Simple Granola Recipe
Really, really easy to make. Although I have to admit I don't know what "Earth Balance Spread" is. I think I'll stick with canola oil.

A delicious and quick granola recipe with no oil added
From Dee's Cereal. Also be sure to check out his Popcorn Granola--I never thought of adding popcorn to granola, what a great idea!

Crunchy Granola from the Culinate Kitchen recipe collection We've got everything but the kitchen sink in this recipe. Contains wheat germ and bran plus different nuts and dried fruit. Fairly low oil content.

Rancho La Puerta Granola, courtesy of Orangette
Another granola recipe with de minimus oil. The orange zest and small amount of orange juice in this recipe seem fitting somehow... I'm not sure why.

Allrecipes' Stovetop Granola
Another granola recipe from Allrecipes, but this one doesn't require any oven time. Thus it likely has the shortest preparation time of all the recipes in this list.

Justin Trails Resort's Award Winning Granola Recipe
Unfortunately it doesn't specify exactly what award it won, but the recipe caught my eye because it contains peanut butter, a creative idea for a "fixer" to hold the granola together. Justin Trails is a bed and breakfast in Sparta, Wisconsin.

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10 comments:

Anna said...

The usual complaint about granola is a high fat content. But I find most granola recipes are much to high in sugar and starch. Hunger and/or blod sugar crashes are the norm with many granolas.

I make granola for my son with soaked, then dried oats (soaking reduces anti-nutrient phytates), lots of nuts and unsweetened coconut flakes, and lots of coconut oil. Coconut oil is very stable (unlike polyunsaturated oil, which is prone to easy spoilage), burns well for energy (almost like a carb), and complements the flavor very well. The high fat content and the protein from the nuts give the granola a saiety factor and blood sugar control that the typical sugary and starchy granolas can't match.

Daniel Koontz said...

Hi Anna:
Thanks for your insightful thoughts. It's a good point you made about the lack of energy density of some granola recipes.

Thank you for reading!

DK

The Review Lady said...

Just thought I'd add my favorite granola recipe, it's delicious on top of fresh fruit or mixed with yogurt. It's not light, but it's worth the splurge. During a visit to Willis Graves B&B, Nancy (owner/innkeeper) kindly shared their homemade granola recipe with me (below). One look at the ingredient list, and you'll know why it tastes so good! It probably falls into the hunger and/or blood sugar crash category that Anna mentioned, but I still love it.

Willis Graves B&B Inn - Homemade Granola
(adapted from Paul's Fruit Market recipe)

1 pound quick oats
1/2 pound sliced almonds
1/2+ pound dried cranberries, blueberries, and/or cherries
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. honey
2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Combine oats, almonds, and dried fruit in a large bowl. In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, then add the brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Stir together until all is melted and well mixed. Stir the butter mixture into the oat mixture, then turn it all into a casserole pan large enough to stir the mixture easily.

3. Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Check often, it may be done early.

4. Cool and store in airtight container.

Makes about 8 cups.

Daniel Koontz said...

Hi TRL:
This sounds like a really good one. Thank you for sharing!

DK

MommySecrets said...

I love granola, so I was thrilled to find your list. THANKS for doing the research and sharing!

Daniel Koontz said...

You're welcome! And thank you for reading!

DK

Anonymous said...

interpretation of TRL's B&B recipe .. .

replace butter w/:
1/4 c. canola oil & 1/4 unsalted euro butter
add:
1/4 c. brown flaxseeds (wet mixture)
1/4 c. unsweetened coconut flakes (dry mixture)

-turn once every 10 min in ceramic lasagna @ 350 for 28-30 min
-aluminum roasting pan lined with parchment @ 375 for 3-5 min
-cool it sister

seriously dense & nutty nosh!.. tnx trl.

Stephanie Mitchell said...

Anna you are my hero. I love making granola - mainly for the kids as Im carb free.

To have so many good recipes in one place in an absolute joy. I cant wait to try them out.

Stephanie Mitchell said...

Hi Daniel, sorry I called you Anna - lol. I saw that name at the top of the comments and assumed that was the list owner. (You can tell I went straight to your recipe section without reading any other posts *grin*).

Anyway thanks for your comment on my blog. It is so true that rudeness says more about the person being rude than it does about the reciever.

cheers Stephanie

Daniel said...

Hi Stephanie! No worries at all--I'm just happy you found some good value out of this post. Enjoy!

DK