Every morning should be just like this, enjoying a bite of breakfast while reading the latest Bon Appétit magazine. As a special treat, I prepared some Parker Country peaches I put up during the summer, with a delicious topping of homemade granola. I hardly ever sit down to eat breakfast. My usual routine consists of inhaling a bowl of cereal while standing at the counter before dashing out the door for work. Sitting is so much better.
My homemade granola recipe is a great one to try, and easy to change depending on your mood. If you don’t fancy dried figs or blueberries, you can substitute other dried fruits such as dried cranberries or raisins. In this recipe, I love the unexpected and welcomed taste of the pumpkin seeds. It’s perfect for fall and is a nice compliment to the dried figs and blueberries.
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup honey
- 2 Tbs. light brown sugar
- 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
- ½ cup dried black figs diced
- ½ cup dried blueberries
Combine oats, wheat germ and cinnamon in a large bowl. Next stir in sliced almonds, chopped pecans and pumpkin seeds.
In a sauce pan, heat honey, brown sugar and vegetable oil on medium low heat. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves.
Pour honey mixture over dry granola and stir well to coat. Then spread evenly on a large foil lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350° F for about 25 minutes. Stir three or four times during the baking process as the oats brown on top.
Transfer the granola to parchment or wax paper to cool (about 30 minutes) then add the diced figs and blueberries.
Of course, I love homemade granola on top of Greek yogurt. Super fast and easy to make, giving me time to sit down and enjoy breakfast for a change.
For another breakfast idea try the Cowboy Coffee Cake recipe. It is still one of my favorites, especially for weekend guest.
What is your favorite way to eat granola? I would love to hear your ideas and variations!
© 2016 Homemade Granola was first published on Thistle Key Lane™