Barbar's Granola

Toasty, sweet, crispy, and a hint of tart mixed in, this is Jordan's favorite granola. Since granola is so expensive, we set-out to make it from scratch, saving about $10 per batch. It's the perfect granola.

Barbar's Granola

Toasty, sweet, crispy, and a hint of tart mixed in, this is Jordan's favorite granola. Since granola is so expensive, we set-out to make it from scratch, saving about $10 per batch. It's the perfect granola. 

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Barbar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 1/2 Cup servings
Author Mom

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 3/4 Cup Almonds 1/2 Cup chopped, 1/4 Cup whole
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Pecans coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C Honey
  • 1/2 C Coconut oil melted
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

After Baking:

  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries

Instructions

  1. Mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Combine, mixing together with hands.
  2. Lay down wax paper on a baking sheet, and spread mixture. Pat down to create a single granola sheet if you want big chunks or bars.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees for about 60 minutes, checking every 20 minutes for a nice toasted golden brown look and a toasted smell. If you want looser granola, stir every 15 minutes.
  4. When golden, remove from oven and place on cooling rack.
  5. Spread dried cranberries evenly across the top.
  6. To make big granola chunks, lift one end of the wax paper and roll forward as if making cinnamon rolls, lifting the gripped edge higher away from the granola until all the granola has been crumbled. Cool on the baking sheet overnight. Place into a sealed container and get your yums on.

Quick background about where this recipe came from, and how it's used

When we were first married, we were roughing-it. $10-$12 was way too much money to feed Jordan's granola addiction. He used it every morning and every evening atop plain yogurt mixed with Splenda, and topped with honey. We needed to find a much more economical way of feeding his granola sweet tooth needs. It was his healthy way of feeding his sweet tooth, and it was a staple. At the time, we didn't even have an oven or a stove yet. We were working with his old toaster oven for baking, and using a $25 single induction burner on a piece of plywood on the floor for stove-top cooking... because we didn't have counters or a table. We didn't even have a kitchen sink yet... we were still doing dishes in the bathtub. Wow, those were the days. We've come a long way, and worked hard for every bit of it.

I researched and made failed batches of granola from online recipe websites. I swear, sometimes it seems that recipe sites post recipes they've never actually TRIED to make. What gives?  After tweaking and testing, throwing away batches and trying again, I came-up with this family hit. Jordan's new favorite, score a winner! Hopped in the car with Hoff one day and he was hungry... gave him a bit of this and he was hooked. Best granola he ever tasted.  So it was a keeper. This is definitely a recipe you'll want to set a timer for every 20 minutes to check on it, because it's like an avocado... on one check, it's not even close, but the next check it's golden and about to start burning if you don't get it out of the oven quickly. Do NOT get lost in a videogame while making this. Your granola will not regenerate to the most recent save spot when it's dead. <3

Food Pairing Suggestions

  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Plain yogurt mixed with sweetener, topped with honey drizzles

Drink Pairing Suggestions

  • milk
  • water
  • tea