Fruit and coconut pan-toasted granola

19 Jun

Pan-toasted granola atop plain yogurt and sliced green grapes

This might also be called not-patient-enough-to-wait-for-the-oven granola, because that’s how I made it. I was at the crossroads of a small problem—I wanted a crunchy granola to top my plain yogurt with, but I was hungry past of the point of actually heating up the oven. (Lame, I know, but it birthed a fast recipe for you!)

Nutritional low-down

A Mayo Clinic R.D. (that’s registered dietician in layman talk) touted granola a la this: “Dietitian’s tip: Granola is a cereal-like combination of dried fruits, grains and nuts. Though it’s a good source of protein and fiber, granola can also be high in fat and calories, especially the store-bought varieties. Watch your portion sizes or create your own granola to limit the amount of fat, calories and sugar in each serving.”

The Mayo Clinic also has a few (well-known) things about snacking and weight-loss here. And what do you know? They highlight three food groups/areas included in this very recipe—whole grains, fruits, and nuts and seeds. To qualify for the last “healthy snack” category (dairy), simply toss some of your granola your favorite low-fat yogurt.

Here’s my granola philosophy:

In other words, store-bought = not so good for you or anyone else + can be expensive (but yes, still tastes good).

Make-at-home granola = high nutrient density + cheap & possibly already around + textury, highly tasty, and versatile = why aren’t you making some now?

If you’re looking for something fast, tasty, and nutritious–with a bit of crunch–then this is something for your weekday fare, too.

Variations on a theme

Feel free to add in a few things you like, too—here are some suggestions to get you started with your own take on this creation:

  • Unsalted nuts like walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, and macadamia nuts
  • Other dried fruits—banana chips, prunes (not just for the elderly!)
  • Candied orange, lemon, or lime peel
  • Fruit juices like orange or grapefruit juice—use to sweeten and flavor naturally

Enjoy!

-E

Fruit and coconut pan-toasted granola

From raw to eating: 15-20 minutes

Makes: 4+ cups’ worth—enough for many breakfasts

Inside:
3 ½ C rolled oats
1 T powdered milk
4 T brown sugar (not packed)
2 ½ T honey
2 ½ T vegetable oil (I used canola)
½ C sweetened shredded coconut
4 T unsalted, plain sunflower seeds
½ C chopped dried fruit (I used dried cranberries and apricots)

Combine all ingredients but dried fruit in a large bowl. Use either your (clean) hands or a fork and gently mix together until you’ve got one (relatively) homogenous mix.

Place a large, shallow pan on medium heat. Give it a couple of minutes to get nice and hot, and, working in batches, make yourself some granola! Stir with a wooden spoon every couple of minutes; each batch will need about seven minutes’ time to fully toast. When the oats have turned a deep golden, brown sugar color, you’re done.

The granola will chunk up as it cools, but this particular recipe yields looser granola. Store granola in an airtight container for 4-6 weeks. (And when I say 4-6 weeks, I’ll be honest—I’m totally guessing. You could bet right that it’d be eaten at my house much sooner than that, but if not, I’d keep it around just as long as I felt like it! I can’t see any foodborne illness or even staleness happening with our hearty granola friends in that time.

Hurrah!

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7 Responses to “Fruit and coconut pan-toasted granola”

  1. Cakespy June 21, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    I am generally wary of store-bought granolas for the very reasons noted above! This homemade version looks perfect–healthy but still tasty, unlike some at-home versions I’ve tried that taste kind of like a healthy prison sentence.

  2. esprout June 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    Yes, store-bought granola is usually quite high in saturated fat and sugar, making it no better for your mind and body than a 30-cent candy bar. Fortunately, granola in its purest form–whole grains, a little sweetener, and some extra goodies like nuts and fruits–is nutrient-dense. And taste-dense! Glad you liked it. Come again!

  3. Theresa February 3, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    due to neccessity at my student accomodatin, i’m glad i came across this recipe for pan granola. now i can make my own. thanks

    • esprout February 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      Theresa, hooray! It’s extremely easy. I also have an oven version–makes a huge batch at once.

    • esprout July 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      I hope it works for you, Theresa! It’s very simple.

  4. LilLostGirl September 4, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    omg ! this recipe is pure genius. it saved my life, and my home ec grade. dont worry, i will mention where i got it from. thanks for posting it !

    • esprout September 5, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      @LilLostGirl: I’m glad it worked for you! Hooray for home ec!

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