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Wildflower Honey Granola

Author: Robin Draper
Date: September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Category: What to Eat
Type: Dessert


 
Wildflower Honey Granola

I used to make granola when I was younger and have rediscovered how much I enjoy it. Because I have been experimenting with recipes using Florida honey, I decided to try my hand at making fresh granola using raw Florida wildflower honey, which has a more robust flavor than most milder honey varietals.

There’s not much to the process. It’s all about gathering the ingredients, mixing them together and baking for an hour.

I can’t tell you what a treat it was to enjoy a heaping bowl for breakfast with fresh Florida strawberries. Good as a snack, too. And for parents, if you’re looking for a tasty and healthy snack for kids, this is it.


Ingredients, Wildflower Honey Granola

Shopping Ingredient List

I usually get these at a health food store: 

3 cups oats; 1/2 cup of bran; 1/2 cup of wheat germ; 1 cup of raw sunflower seeds; 1 cup of raw sliced almonds; 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds;¾ cup of Florida Wildflower honey (or any kind of Florida raw honey); ½ cup of oil (I used a light oil such as grapeseed oil); 1 teaspoon of vanilla; 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon; 1 teaspoon of ground cloves; 1 teaspoon of ginger

Makes a ½ gallon. I actually doubled this recipe and froze half (granola freezes easily).

Dry Ingredients

Mix in a large roasting pan (like a turkey roasting pan):

3 cups oats

1/2 cup of bran

1/2 cup of wheat germ

1 cup of raw sunflower seeds

1 cup of raw sliced almonds

1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds


Mix dry ingredients

Then, in a separate bowl, assemble the wet ingredients:

¾ cup of Florida Wildflower honey (or any kind of Florida raw honey)

½ cup of oil (I used a light oil such as grapeseed oil)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ground cloves

1 teaspoon of ginger


Assemble wet ingredients

In the roasting pan, pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients, stirring well to be sure the dry ingredients have been thoroughly coated.


Pour wet ingredients over the dry mixture

Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes. If you double the recipe, use two cookie sheets with 1/2 sides.  Stay near the kitchen and stir often (I stirred every 15 minutes). Take out and let cool.


The granola will become a golden color

Also, if you like, add optional ingredients such as dried fruit (raisins, strawberries, dried cranberries, apricots, etc) after the mixture has cooled.

I prefer a bowl of fresh granola, with fresh fruit (especially strawberries) and fresh Florida honey drizzled on top.

Note: This is not a super sweet granola, so if you like it sweet, add more honey in with the wet ingredients.


Wildflower Honey Granola

About the Author: Robin Draper is a Florida native and blogger devoted to the simple and delightful pleasures for Florida living. This article is connected to Robin's Google+ profile.

 

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