Monthly Archives: January 2012

Raisin & Almond Granola

I recently made my own version of a granola recipe from the cookbook Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson  – a wonderful birthday present from my friend Ranjita! It’s surprisingly easy to whip up a batch of it with ingredients you may even already have in your pantry.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts (I used almonds)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened large-flake coconut (this sounds delicious but I didn’t have any when I made it)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins (I used one of those 1 1/2 oz boxes which is about the same quantity)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin pie spice (or just use a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg if you don’t have any)


1. Preheat the over to 300F. Set out a rimmed baking sheet.

2. Combine the oats, nuts, salt, raisins, and coconut (if using) in a medium mixing bowl. Heat the butter in a small saucepan and then add the maple syrup. Whisk together until combined and then pour over the oat mixture and stir until everything is mixed together. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on the baking sheet.

3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time. The oats will be a golden color when done. Remove from the oven and press down on the granola with a metal spatula to help it clump as it cools. Allow it to cool completely then store in an airtight container to enjoy over the coming week!