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Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Take on Flour's Granola

I really needed a kick to start cooking again. As all you mamas know, it's hard to find time with a little one. Luckily, our friends recently had a little one of their own so I had a good excuse to dive into the beautiful new cookbooks I received for Christmas and make a couple treats for the new parents.

When new babies are born your house becomes (happily!) flooded with dinner drop offs. But what about breakfast and all the sleepy snacking? Morning is often the calmest time of the day with a new baby - dinner time on the other hand....not so much. This granola is a perfect gift for anyone - a new mom, neighbor, or teacher. It doesn't hurt that it's from one of my favorite bakeries on earth.

Flour Bakery - Boston

My Take on Flour's Granola

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 

1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 T sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 t ground cinnamon
1 t kosher salt
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup honey
2 t vanilla extract
zest of 1 orange

*This recipe begs for the bulk bins at the grocery store - buying packages of these goodies would be pricey.

-Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

-In a large bowl, combine the oats, wheat germ, coconut, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, cinnamon, orange zest, and salt and mix well. In a small bowl, whist together the oil, honey, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.

-Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes (my first batch BURNED to coal at 45 minutes, the do over batch took only 20 so watch carefully depending on how hot your oven gets) or until golden brown. Stir the granola during baking to ensure even browning.

-The granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.


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  2. Sounds good but I have heard that honey becomes toxic when heated; sorry to be the bearer of sad news.

  3. Hi Sarah, thanks for posting your version of flour's granola. Flour is such a great cafe and their granola is craazzy good.


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