Granowenda :: The Best Chewy Granola

My 2 year old, Anna Grace, has this thing about pronunciation. For example, her favorite princess is Cinderenda. Most people know her as Cinderella. One of her favorite snacks is granowenda – aka granola.

This is our favorite granowenda recipe. It bakes up chewy, flavorful, and sweet but the only sweeteners in it are honey and coconut oil.

We eat this stuff by the bowlful. I never make a single recipe – always double. 2 weeks ago I made a triple recipe. It lasted 1 week.

This is the perfect granola for breakfasts – just load up your bowl with homemade granola and cold milk. It’s the breakfast of champions.

It’s also an amazing compliment to yogurt and fresh fruit:

But if you really want to win friends and influence people, fill a mason jar with this granola and give it to somebody you love. No explanation required. It’s a classic gift for:

  • New Moms – always great to have healthy munchies around during those first busy weeks
  • Housewarming – no need to search around for breakfast while the family is unpacking
  • Host/ess – really, who could ask for a cuter gift? Mason jar and food inside? Score.
  • Traveling snack – especially for families who will be driving during summer vacas!
  • “I’m-sorry-I-stole-your-iPad” gift – yes. it works. well, the granola as well as giving the iPad back.
I’ve done the 1st, 3rd & 5th idea and all have been well received. The returning of the iPad was especially well received.

This recipe is a modification from Yummy Supper. If you’ve never checked out Erin’s site, you really should go see all the tastiness and beautiful food photography over there. The key to making this granola chewy and not breaking your teeth on it is by following Erin’s tip of keeping your granola together on the pan in a great big lump:

 However you decide to part with your granola – whether by eating or sharing – and whatever you decide to call it – granola or granowenda – this is a recipe you and your family will grow to love!

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UPDATE (8/2012): I have recently been adding flax seed and sunflower seeds to this granola recipe – just to up the nutritional punch. This recipe is extremely versatile. Just make sure to keep the wet to dry ratio the same and your granola will maintain the chewy texture. Happy baking!!

Grano-wenda :: The Best Granola Recipe

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Grano-wenda :: The Best Granola Recipe

A chewy, delicious recipe containing no refined sugars. Very slightly modified from Erin at Yummy Supper.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2 cups dried cranberries (or raisins)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup flour (I like to use whole wheat)
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/3 cups honey
  • 5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together and spread onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake 20 minutes.
  4. Pull out granola and mix around a bit to make sure it's not sticking to the pan.
  5. Bake 8-10 more minutes.
  6. Pull out and mix once more.
  7. Bake 8-10 more minutes.
  8. Once cooled, store in an airtight container.
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10 comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Making this soon. Added to Paprika, which happens to be my favorite app EVER. Get it, you’ll be glad you did.

  2. Definitely making this. I’ve been looking for a good recipe for Granola. I remember Mrs. Twyla Walker from church gave me a big jar of it and it was so good I got into a car wreck. No kidding.
    I’ll tell you the story at another time 😉

  3. Kara Gallagher says:

    Made this as soon as I saw the recipe and think I’ll be making it many more times in the future. Will have to exhibit a great deal of self-control to not eat it all in one sitting, as it is soooo tasty! Thanks for sharing. Going to pass this on to others for sure.

  4. so I love Laine’s crunchy granola but it would be nice to have chewy option as well. In fact, I think I am going to make a batch of this for vacation next week – perfect for cold breakfasts and for over yogurt for a snack 🙂

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