I'm a big fan of Good Eats with Alton Brown. The food is always simple (no maitake mushrooms in every recipe), his approach is a little off the wall, and he shares great bits of useless information here and there. Wonderful show.

In his show about oatmeal there's a great recipe for granola. It's simple, cheap, and tastes wonderful. I've started making it 2 or 3 times a week. I eat it for breakfast and as snacks throughout the day. One of my friends recommended I start a business selling the stuff. It is that good, but I don't think I'm up for a granola business.

The basic recipe is thus:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup sweet shredded coconut
  • 1 cup almond slivers
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon salt

Mix well, then add:

  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Mix that around really well. Pop it in a 250° oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. After it's done, toss in some raisins or other dried fruit.

So, that's a good recipe. If you compare it to the one listed at, you'll notice I left off the 1 cup of cashews. I don't really like cashews. I've also found that a generous sprinkling of cinammon with just a touch of nutmeg is delicious. That's probably my favorite so far. Or mix in about 1/4 cup of cocoa for a chocolate splash. I've also found that adding a little bit more syrup and being very careful about the stirring can make for bigger clumps, if you like that sort of thing, which I do.

I'm still working on some more variations. Stay tuned.


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Don't know if this would work....

Something that sounds good to me in the granola would be diced apple. Dice the apple, and mix it in with everthing before sticking in the oven. Naturally, this would go with the cinnamon/nutmeg, I would think. :) I'm not 100% certain how the coconut would work with it, but it probably would. Coconut works well with just about everything :)

You might also need to cut down on the maple syrup or the vegetable oil also, if you do the apples. Otherwise, you could probably just cook a bit longer or something. The apples will let out some juice, though...

Anyway, I'm curious how it'll turn out. Should be interesting! :)

~TuxGirl :)

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