Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Granola Going On

I've got lots of granola going on today! It's a gorgeous day here in central MN. I'm so glad I have the day off. I like to open up the windows, play some music and work in kitchen. Today's project was making my homemade granola for my hubby's breakfasts and Almond Flour Granola Bars for snacks. It is a lot more work making everything we eat from scratch, but it's really worth it. I can control exactly what goes in what we consume. This is very important for food intolerances or if you are trying to lose weight.

I don't eat this granola (too many calories), but my hubby (blessed with high metabolism) loves it. He has a bowl every morning for breakfast and says it keeps him filled up a lot better than just a regular bowl of cereal would. I've tried several different recipes over the years and settled on this one, which just kind of emerged from all of my experimenting. I've been making it this way for at least a year now and have it memorized. This is a great recipe because the granola clumps together beautifully. The trick is to let it cool completely before breaking into chunks. I can't believe I haven't shared it on my blog yet! Since I make it for my husband, I will name it after him.

Bryan's Granola
This is not a low-FODMAP recipe

4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup walnut oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flax, walnut, almonds and cinnamon.
  3. In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, measure out the walnut oil, honey and maple syrup. Add the salt and stir until completely combined.
  4. Pour the honey mixture into the oat mixture and stir until evenly combined. Spread mixture onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Cool completely before breaking into chunks. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Store in an air-tight container.


  1. Mmmm, I'm gonna have to try this one. I tried making granola years ago, and was ok, but this sounds really good. Do most stores carry walnut oil?

  2. Yes, you should be able to find it in the natural foods section or a health food store. If not, you can sub canola oil!