Monday, January 17, 2011


Granola scattered across a mountain of greek yogurt is a favorite in the Modern Traditionalist's home, especially when BTG and I are monitoring our waistlines, a perpetual hobby of ours. The high price of most store bought granola is really a bit silly when most of us have the ingredients in our pantries. So apron up, dear reader, and let the spicy-sweetness wash over you.

MT's Granola

2 cups of rolled oats
3/4 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of allspice
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons of apple juice
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 250F. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Heat honey, apple juice and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until it has a thin consistency. This should take only a minute or two, so keep a watchful eye on it. Mix the honey mixture with the dry ingredients and stir until coated. Spread out onto a large baking sheet (if not non-stick, coat the sheet with oil). Cook for approximately 1 hour, stirring 2-3 times.

I must add, all ovens are different. I've attempted plenty of recipes which instruct one to bake at 350F and my granola has always burned at this temperature in an electric oven but not in my shabby NYC gas oven. Cooking at a lower temperature increases the baking time but eliminates any fears of burning. Burnt granola is quite unsavory. I encourage you to feel your granola for doneness. It should crisp up nicely which may take longer than 1 hour in your oven.

Enjoy as a topping or on its own with milk.


  1. Yum I love granola! With soy milk, on yogurt, on ice cream!

    I will try your recipe!!

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  2. What a good idea, and I like the thought of making one's own, as store bought pre-made choices can be so heavily loaded with sugar and calories. And, one does commiserate with the watching of one's waistline, a perpetual subject of one's own beady eyes in one's household, too. Reggie

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  5. The recipe looks like a good one to try.. It looks very yummy and delicious.. Thanks for the great idea and i think its very simple to make and enjoy..


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