Fresh Homemade Granola (Muesli)

Granola! It’s been weeks since I had the intention of making some good ‘ol fresh Granola. Dried fruits, nuts, and oats have been withering away slowly in my cupboard, till today.
Being stuck in bed (the house, since, I do kind of walk around more than I should be) had inspired me to finally make that homemade Granola I had so long ago planned on whipping up.

I used to make huge batches of Granola in this little bakery years ago, so I wasn’t afraid to get my hands dirty.  It’s also a “classic American cereal” that I remember growing up with and lovin’ with soy milk. ( I know,… as a kid I enjoyed soy!?!)


We ate this for breakfast today and it was delicious!! Next time I will cook it a few minutes less so that it’s not quite so toasted.

I did look up a few recipes to jog my memory. I found 4 sites, where the recipe is relatively the same, however had some variations and who’s home-made granola photos inspired me.

– So Dlish’s Muesli
– One Shabby Chick’s Granola
– Cafe Fernando’s homemade granola recipe
– Angry Asian creations’s Granola

What is the difference between Muesli and Granola?

Fresh Homemade Muesli Granola

I found this excerpt that clarifies the differences very well…

Both granola and muesli contain a mixture of grains (such as oats), nuts, dried fruit and sometimes bran and wheat germ. Muesli may contain sugar and dried-milk solids, but it can be unsweetened. Granola is typically toasted with honey and oil, resulting in a crisp texture and sweet glaze not found in muesli.
Read more here

 

The sweet smell of toasting honey is wafting through the air 🙂 We ate this for breakfast.

Fresh Sweet Homemade Granola

 
  • 4 cups rolled oats 
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • (I mixed in 1/2 cup brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup raw cashews or other nuts
  •  dried fruit
 

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 
In a large bowl, mix together oats, almonds and coconut.
 

 

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, honey and salt until well-combined. (I lightly melted mine over the stove top to get it nice and runny and well mixed)

Add oil and honey mixture to dry ingredients and mix until evenly distributed – 

you want the dry ingredients to be well-coated.
Spread mixture evenly on an 18″x13″ baking sheet (preferably non-stick) –
but you’ll want to leave some clumps.

Spread the raw cashews out on top of the granola. Bake until granola is a nice golden brown color – about 15 – 20 minutes – 

turning sheet halfway through so it bakes evenly. Do not stir.

(At this point, I have mixed the granola, to get the stuff on the bottom to the top and om continuing cooking time for another 10minutes)

Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 – 10 minutes.
Check granola to see if it has cooled enough to stay in clumps. 
When it has, use a spatula to separate the granola from the pan.
 
Sprinkle your favorite dried fruit over the top of your granola.

Cool completely, then scoop into your container of choice.

You can serve and decorate your homemade granola with blueberries, strawberries, or other fresh fruits, chocolate syrup or anything you like. Unleash your imagination and appetite 🙂

Fresh Homemade Muesli Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ½ cup oil
  • (I mixed in ½ cup brown sugar)
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup raw cashews or other nuts
  • dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, almonds and coconut.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, honey and salt until well-combined. (I lightly melted mine over the stove top to get it nice and runny and well mixed)
  4. Add oil and honey mixture to dry ingredients and mix until evenly distributed -
  5. you want the dry ingredients to be well-coated.
  6. Spread mixture evenly on an 18"x13" baking sheet (preferably non-stick) -
  7. but you'll want to leave some clumps.
  8. Spread the raw cashews out on top of the granola. Bake until granola is a nice golden brown color - about 15 - 20 minutes -turning sheet halfway through so it bakes evenly. Do not stir. (At this point, I have mixed the granola, to get the stuff on the bottom to the top and om continuing cooking time for another 10minutes)
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 - 10 minutes.
  10. Check granola to see if it has cooled enough to stay in clumps.
  11. When it has, use a spatula to separate the granola from the pan.
  12. Sprinkle your favorite dried fruit over the top of your granola.
  13. Cool completely, then scoop into your container of choice.

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