Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blueberry Maple Granola


Oodles of homemade granola recipes have been popping up in the past few years – I’m sure you’ve noticed! This is not a surprise, since granola made at home is far tastier and healthier than the packaged, store-bought variety. At this point, I’ve tried just about every concoction I can think of and have found myself returning to one granola combination over and over. It’s time to share it with you!


The basis of this recipe comes from our dear family friend, Ralph. Ralph is a master at making crunchy, flavorful granola and when I first sampled a bowl I immediately requested his recipe. Over time, I’ve played around with different oils, sweeteners, nuts, seeds and fruit to make it my own, but have kept the essence of Ralph’s granola.


Oats form the foundation of granola. Ralph first toasts his oats in the oven, which is inspired. Like anything, toasting improves the flavor and fills the kitchen with a heavenly scent (when time permits I like to toast oats before making oatmeal ... mmmm). The warm oats are a canvas on which to add flavors to suit your tastes.

In a large bowl I stir together the oats, maple syrup, a touch of honey, olive oil, pepitas (love the light, crackly texture they add), ground flax seeds, walnuts and a healthy sprinkling of fleur de sel for a salty kick. After baking, a handful of dried blueberries finish off the oatmeal and add a bit more sweetness.


I try to keep a jar of granola on the kitchen counter – a handful is terrific for an after- school snack or to mix with yogurt for breakfast. Our new morning indulgence is a breakfast banana split ... scoops of yogurt grace a split banana and are topped with dollops of blueberry jam and sprinkled with granola (inspired by The Kitchn). A scrumptious morning treat!

Blueberry Maple Granola
Adapted from Ralph’s Crunchy Granola
Makes 4 1/2 cups

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (use gluten-free for a gluten-free option)
1/3 cup maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon fleur de sel or flaky sea salt
1/2 cup raw pepitas
1/3 cup ground flax seeds
3/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the oats on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Keep the oven on.

In a large bowl, whisk together the syrup, honey, olive oil, vanilla and fleur de sel. Stir in the oats and mix to coat. Add the pepitas, ground flax seeds and walnuts and gently mix.

Spread the mixture on the rimmed baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes. Stir the granola halfway through the baking time, being sure to get the corners. Remove from the oven and let cool. Mix in the dried blueberries. Store the granola in an airtight container within easy reach for snacking.

14 comments:

  1. This granola has Maine written all over it! It's definitely one of the most appealing granola recipes I've seen. I have yet to make my own granola, and this looks like a wonderful place to start!

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    1. Thank you, Brianne - and you're right, it does evoke Maine. I still associate blueberries with Maine (and Blueberries for Sal is one of my all-time favorites). I hope you enjoy the granola!

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  2. I am more used to Muesli, but I love the ingredients of this granola. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Marina! I enjoy muesli, as well - especially with grated apple. I haven't made it in some time so thank you for reminding me.

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  3. Oh yum! Love the addition of blueberries to granola! And my boys would love a banana split for breakfast! Making one tomorrow! (If I can get the yogurt made in time!)

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    1. Wow, homemade yogurt - your boys are in for a treat! I would definitely give them a heads up that it's not ice cream before they dive in...my boys just heard "banana split" and tackled their dishes. After a quick, "wait, it's not ice cream??" they went back to devouring their breakfasts. :)

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  4. yum! I would never have thought of putting it on a banana! great idea...can't wait to try this!

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    1. I hope you enjoy this, Alex - it's a tasty one to add to your breakfast repertoire!

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  5. Oh Hannah, granola was already on our spring break cooking list, but now I need to try your combination! Walnuts and pepitas are an absolute staple in our pantry and the blueberries will be a super treat for my kiddos. We love Blueberries for Sal too!

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    1. Sounds like you'll be doing some fun cooking over spring break, Karen! I hope you enjoy the granola.

      Isn't Robert McCloskey wonderful? Visiting the ducks in Boston Garden is still one of my favorite stops when I'm back home seeing my folks.

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  6. I need to make homemade granola. I really don't like the store-bought stuff, but I love all your ingredients--sounds delicious.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren - I hope you enjoy it! Once I started making homemade, I couldn't go back to store-bought (like so many other things...).

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  7. Homemade so much better & I like how you can just add a little more of what you like. And I agree toasting makes it all taste so much better too.

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    1. Toasting and roasting seems to be the answer to adding delicious flavor to so much, doesn't it? Whenever I feel lazy and think about skipping that step I have to stop and remind myself how much better it will taste.

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