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Friday, May 3, 2013

Rise & Shine ~ A Delicious Homemade Granola Recipe

G'Day sweet friends. Welcome to Natasha in Oz! Thanks so much for stopping by.

I just realized during the week that I haven't shared a recipe for a while so I thought I would share a delicious and easy recipe for #FoodieFriday that can also easily be given as a yummy gift for Mother's Day.

Rise and Shine to some Homemade Granola! 

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz

I just made a batch and it was delicious and so easy to make!

I literally just mixed a few ingredients together and then toasted it in the oven-it's that simple!




I added all the things I love including nuts, linseed, craisins and I even added some puffed wheat that I opened the week before but hadn't finished. The great thing about granola is that you can use any combination of nuts, spices, dried fruits and seeds you like. Top it with some milk, yogurt and fruit and you have a great breakfast in no time! 

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz


Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz, granola


I was so impressed by the finished product I think I might even package some up in glass mason jars with a ribbon for Mother's Day gifts!

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz, Mother's Day Gift Idea, Mason Jars

Rise & Shine Granola

Ingredients:
1/3 cup oil (I used vegetable oil)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups oats (old fashioned, not the quick cooking kind)
3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
1 1/2 cups nuts/seeds of your choice (I added sliced almonds and flax seeds)
1 cup assorted dried fruit
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
a pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup coconut flakes or desiccated coconut 

Note: The coconut flakes taste so delicious but be sure not to add coconut until the last 5-6 minutes of cooking because it burns very easily.

Method:
Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a bowl combine the oats and nuts/seeds. Pour in oil and maple syrup (or honey) and stir to combine. Add in seasonings and vanilla and mix well. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake at for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 to make sure all pieces bake evenly. When golden brown and smelling delicious, place the tray on a rack, stir in the fruit and then let it cool.

This makes a good 5 cups and should it stays fresh and delicious for at least two weeks if kept in a sealed jar/container.

This recipe is so flexible and you can alter it as much as you like. You can omit the brown sugar and coconut, use olive oil or coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, add chia or sunflower seeds instead of flax seeds...the possibilities and combinations are endless!

Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz

I hope you enjoy this Granola as much as I do.


Homemade Granola, Natasha in Oz



On the subject of Mother's Day,I just wanted to remind you about my invitation to join my Mother's Day group board on pinterest. If you would like to join in or learn why it's a great idea to pin to a group board on Pinterest just click the picture below.

Group board on Pinterest #Mothersday

Thanks so much for stopping by today and thank you so much to Jenn at Clean and Scentsible for featuring this post at her blog!



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Best wishes until next time,
Natasha In Oz 
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34 comments:

  1. Looks great and is a lovely idea for mothers day.

    See you tomorrow for Say G'Day.
    Until then
    Carolyn

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  2. Natasha, you know I don't cook much but what a delightful way to say good morning. I'm going to try it because I trust your tastebuds. Good job!

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  3. mmmm my mum used to make homemade granola and it was delicious!!

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  4. That looks really delicious, especially with all the little toppings you added! YUM! Def. going to pin this :)

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  5. This looks amazing! I am going to have to make this recipe! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back! Happy weekend, Nicole!

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  6. Your granola looks delicious! Love the idea of gifting it in those darling jars. So happy to see you at Foodie Friday!

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  7. G'day, Natasha. Stopping by via Beverly's Pink Sat.
    Love granola and I can't get enough of mason jars. Such a pretty and thoughtful gift idea.
    Happy pinks!
    xoxo's

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  8. I love a good granola. My favorite is almonds too, I would be adding them :) Thanks for this great recipe! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  9. Hello Natasha,

    I love home made granola.
    Thanks for the new recipe.

    Have a great weekend and
    thank you for hosting all
    of us for G'day Saturday.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carolyn

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  10. It looks so yummy! I'm not a coconut person...would it turn out without the coconut? I love granola!
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Robin

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  11. I would love for you to share and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html

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  12. I never thought of making granola! So cool! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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  13. Hi, I'm a new follower and new blogger! I found you on Inspire Me Monday and I love this post!! How creative and the perfect little gift! Thanks for sharing... Please follow me on my blog at http://mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com

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  14. It looks great, Natasha! I love your choices of seed and nuts :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

    Linda
    With A Blast

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  15. Great recipe and what a great gift too. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  16. I love that you added the puffed wheat Natasha! One of Mr. B's favorite cereals! Thank you for sharing this recipe at the party this week! I am featuring it on my Facebook page too :-)

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  17. I love this Natasha! I'm hosting a new linky party at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-1.html

    I would love to have you!
    Angela

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  18. I love granola, and this looks super good!

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  19. So cool! Love your version of Granola! I appreciate you sharing your recipe with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  20. This looks so good and tasty..
    Thanks for sharing with us at Welcome to the weekend blog hop :)

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  21. Would love for you to share this at my link up where we pin all that join
    http://myfashionforwardblog.com/2013/05/09/all-things-pretty-number-7/

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  22. This looks great! I love it all packaged up for a Mother's Day gift! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. Happy Mother's Day!
    Jenn :)

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  23. Thanks for sharing this yummy in my tummy granola idea at Project Inspire{d} linky party last week!! Hope to see you at this week's party up now : http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/05/project-inspired-linky-party-no.html Pinned your post to our group linky party board! Heather

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  24. This looks so good!
    Im your newest Pinterest and Google+ follower from "Thursday Favorite Things". =)

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  25. perfect! Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  26. Looks awesome! I do love granola, but never tried putting my own together. ;)
    Morgaine @ Madcap Frenzy
    P.S. I would love if you would join me in celebrating my Blogiversary by linking up any of your awesome posts at my Blogiversary Link Party: http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/05/its-my-blogiversary-and-ill-link-party.html
    Hugs!

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  27. I would love some of this! Pinned it to try :) Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends! I can't wait to see what you share this week :)

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  28. Thank you so much for the recipe! It looks fantastic! It would be a pleasure to have you join my weekly link party and share this. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-46.html

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  29. great idea for this super mix!well done
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/

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  30. I love homemade granola. I have a super simple recipe that I love to make and we all love to eat it! Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!

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