Wednesday, December 22, 2010

the best granola recipe ever!

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On to today's post:

My neighbor Jen makes this seriously unbelievable granola and passes it out as neighbor gifts.  I am not much for granola.  It's normally dry and tasteless and hard enough to chip your tooth.  But, not this granola.  This granola is perfectly crispy and packed full of flavor. 

I started asking Jen about it in November.  I wanted to make sure I had done enough neighborly good deeds to qualify for another batch this year.  I figured if not, I still had a few weeks to seal the deal.  Last year I savored every last morsel and did not share with anyone else in this house {sorry guys}. 

Well, yesterday was the day!!  The Christmas granola arrived!!  I put in way back in the corner of the kitchen where I was sure no one would spot it.  But, of course, Reid did.  He asked "What's in that jar?" and Mark replied "That's the granola from Kai's mom.  Mommy puts it back there because she doesn't want to share with anyone."  Busted.

I am not even a breakfast person {just give me my coffee!}, but this stuff on some strawberry yogurt...I literally wake up thinking about it.  I am not kidding.

So, I asked Jen if I could post the recipe on my blog and she told me that it's the Barefoot Contessa recipe and she has made a few tweaks to it.  What?!  I have all of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks!  I had the recipe all along and had no idea!!

Okay, so here it is.  Barefoot Contessa's delicious Granola with a few tweaks from my neighbor Jen.  Pass this out to your neighbors this year and trust me, they will be asking you about it next November!!


  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup good honey
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecan pieces


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Toss the oats, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl.  Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Add the cherries, cranberries, and pecans. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.


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