Granola from Foxfield Inn

There is something about a snowy wintery morning that makes me want to have Granola.  This was such a morning today here in Charlottesville VA.  We got a bit over 3 inches of fresh snow – on top of the 14 inches total from last week.  Luckily it warmed up today and some melting has occurred.  It’s not gone just not as much as this morning.

Obviously, I digressed a bit there.  Back to the Granola.  I had used up the last batch over the weekend for a special guest request.  If a guest doesn’t want the “Chef’s Choice” entree we offer 4 alternates for them to choose from – one of which is Homemade Granola with Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt.

Today was a great day to make a fresh batch.  I like lots of nuts and seeds so this recipe does contain more than the normal recipes.  Just cut back on the amounts if you aren’t as into nutty Granola as I am.

If you haven’t made Granola before it is incredibly easy and tastes so much better than the store bought varieties – even the gourmet brands.

Nutty Granola
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4     cups     oatmeal, regular not minute or instant
1     cup      almonds, coarsely chopped
1     cup      cashews, coarsely chopped
1/2  cup      sunflower seeds
1/2  cup      pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
3/4  cup      shredded coconut, sweetened
2     tsp       cinnamon
1     tsp       ginger
1     tsp      Kosher salt
1/4  cup     brown sugar
1/2  cup     honey
1/2  cup     vegetable oil
1     cup     dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300F.

Mix oatmeal, nuts & seeds, coconut, cinnamon, ginger, salt and brown sugar in a large bowl.

Combine honey and oil in a bowl and stir well.  Add to dry ingredients.  Mix well.

Spread mixture onto two rimmed baking sheets.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Cool on baking sheets for 10-15 minutes (helps develop clumps).  Pour granola into large bowl and add cranberries.  Store in airtight containers for two weeks.

Variations:

  1. substitute dried blueberries for the dried cranberries (Dan’s favorite)
  2. substitute sliced almonds for chopped almonds
  3. increase honey to 3/4 cup and delete the brown sugar
We hope you enjoy as much as we do.
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville VA

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