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The BEST granola E-V-E-R!

September 12, 2010

When Jenna posted about the amazing granola that she had at Miraval this summer I knew that I wanted to make it but I never remembered to get all of the ingredients while I was at the store. Today I decided that I was in a baking mood and made sure to look at the ingredients and add them to my grocery list.

Everything that you’ll need to make Miraval’s housemade granola

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Ingredients: makes 11 cups (read: a boatload of granola!)

— 6 c. rolled oats
— 3 c. oat bran
— 1/4 c. pumpkin seeds
— 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
— 1 c. honey
— 1 vanilla bean, split in half with seeds scraped out
— 3 c. unsweetened apple juice
— 1/3 c. golden raisins
— 1/3 c. dried cherries
— 1/3 c. dried blueberries
— 1/3 c. chopped dried dates  

Directions

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1. Preheat oven to 400F. Mix the rolled oats and oat bran together in a large bowl and them spread them out evenly on two baking sheets. Toast for 5-8 minutes, or until golden.

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2. On another baking sheet, spread out the pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Toast for five minutes, or until lightly browned.

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3. In a small sauce pot, simmer the honey and vanilla seeds over low heat for five to seven minutes. Don’t know how to work with a vanilla bean? Check out my post on how to get the seeds out.

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4. In another sauce pot, combine the apple juice and dried fruit for about five minutes or until soft. Drain.

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5. In a large bowl, combine the oat mixture, seeds and dried fruit.

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6. Stir in the warm honey and stir to coat as evenly as possible. Try not to spill the oats all over the table. Good luck.

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7. Spread the oat mixture evenly onto two baking sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every two minutes to prevent burning.

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8. Cool granola completely and store in an airtight container.

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Each pan fills up one whole quart jar – with plenty left over. I decided to try and freeze some of the granola. Fingers crossed that it’s good in a few weeks!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 10:21 am

    Looks delicious! I’m a big fan of granola sweetened with honey b/c I’m not a huge maple syrup fan…I’ll have to try your recipe! 🙂

  2. September 13, 2010 1:43 pm

    Sounds like a great recipe. I have a homemade granola recipe that I just love as well!

  3. September 13, 2010 4:27 pm

    This looks so good! I love the idea of homemade granola. It is so easy and yet, I never think to make it!

  4. September 13, 2010 10:24 pm

    That sounds like some great granola!

  5. September 16, 2010 8:34 pm

    So, at first read it looks like a lot of steps…but I looked again and maybe it’s not so bad. How long did it take you?

    • September 30, 2010 8:32 pm

      I don’t think it was that long, maybe 30 mins. I was intimidated by the time and prep at first but it’s so worth it!

  6. September 30, 2010 6:38 pm

    this recipe sounds good. Is it really necessary to add the fruit before baking? Maybe it needs to dry out a bit after the apple juice bath. Glad this recipe contains no added oil! Thanks for sharing.

    • September 30, 2010 8:33 pm

      It was really good! I don’t know that the fruit needs to be added before baking, I just followed the instructions 🙂

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