Most granola recipes I’ve tried make a lot of granola! Which is great if you’re feeding a family but not so good if you’re on your own. Or maybe only one or two people in your family like granola. If you want to make a larger batch of granola, I’ve got a long-time tried and true recipe over here. This makes a smaller batch, about one quart, which is perfect for my smaller family these days. In addition to being a great breakfast with some fresh yogurt on top, it makes a reasonable nighttime munchy or afternoon snack.
Thanks to The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great by Pam Anderson, which I bought because it was by Pam Anderson and not necessarily to lose weight. Her recipes are always so good! In the book, she has a variety of granola recipes. I’ve combined a couple of her variations to suit my taste. Last night I made it without the wheat germ because I didn’t have any. I used almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and raisins.
Small Batch Granola
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats not the quick ones
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbs sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 Tbs canola oil
- 2 Tbs water
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 275 while you’re mixing everything up.
- Rub a little oil on a 9×13″ baking pan. (Or use a spray–I just don’t buy those anymore.)
- Mix the oats, wheat germ, salt, sesame seeds, walnuts and coconut together in a bowl.
- In a small saucepan, heat the maple syrup, oil, water and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer, stirring, then remove from the heat.
- Pour the maple syrup mix over the dried ingredients and mix well. Pour in the baking pan and squeeze together with your hands to form small clumps.
- Bake 30 minutes. Take the pan from the oven and stir in the coconut. Put back in the oven and bake another 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool and store in an airtight container. I have an old pickle jar that is perfect!
- You can also add other dried fruit with the coconut of course. Dried pineapple, raisins, dried cherries, etc. Just add them at the halfway point so they don’t get too dark. Other nuts and different seeds work instead of or in addition to what I’ve listed. This is just what I like, right now.