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Two Peas and Their Pod: Honey Cinnamon Granola

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Honey Cinnamon Granola

We love granola! It is great for breakfast, a healthy snack, or even sprinkled on yogurt for a sweet dessert. The only problem is a lot of the granolas out there have nuts. I personally adore nuts, but Josh is deathly allergic so I have to limit what I make with nuts.

I have been toying with a few recipes lately and finally came up with a keeper. I really just made this up on a whim. Obviously, there are no nuts and I kept out butter/oil to keep the granola healthy. My addition of honey and brown sugar helped hold everything together. I added in cinnamon and vanilla for extra flavor and of course craisins at the end to add color!

I really like this recipe and will use it again. But any suggestions? Do any of you have a favorite nut free granola recipe that is still healthy? Let me know.

Honey Cinnamon Granola

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole oats (not quick cooking kind)
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sal
Handful of Craisins

1. In a small pot, combine honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Heat over medium until sugar and honey are combined and smooth. Make sure to stir it a couple of times.
2. In a bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
3. Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir well.
4. Pour granola onto a sheet pan that has been sprayed or has a silpat.
5. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-2
5 minutes. Make sure you stir the granola often. Maybe every 5 minutes or so.
6. Let cool on sheet pan. Stir in Craisins and enjoy.
7. Store in tight container.

Also, we received a couple of awards and we need to say THANK YOU! First of all, thanks to Cathy from Tortefeasor. She gave us the Excellent Blog Award.

And Thanks to Rosie from Rosie Bakes A Peace of Cake. She gave us the Beautiful Site Award.

Thanks for thinking of Two Peas and Their Pod!! We are honored!
We would like to pass these awards on...the Excellent Award to Liz of Liz's Cooking Blog and the Beautiful Site Award to Cate of Fresh From Cate's Kitchen. We enjoy reading your blogs! Keep up the good work in the kitchen!

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Blogger Cathy said...

This granola looks wonderful! I actually have all of the ingredients on hand (including a huge jar of wheat germ that I bought for a Tuesdays with Dorie recipe and was pretty sure that I'd never use again!) so I am definitely going to make this. The week that TWD made Granola Grabbers, several people posted their own granola recipes, so you might be able to find a few out there (the week of 8/19, I believe). Thanks for sharing this one!

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YUM! I love granola. This looks fantastic!

6:55 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

This looks wonderfully delicious. I made some granola a little while ago and everyone overdosed on it so we had to take a break. This looks really good and I love how healthy it is!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

The granola looks really good - I love adding it to yogurt. I really need to make my own soon.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Great blog! You and your husband are so cute! Check out Suite Apple Pie's blog. She has a fabulous granola recipe I make nearly every week.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

I just realized I'm a dummy- that granola has almonds in it...sorry!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Cathy-I will check out the TWD recipes. Thanks for the idea!

Erica-Thanks! I can always omit the almonds or make it for me!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

You know, I would have thought just taking the oil out would be enough to make it healthy ;) This sounds really good as it is! I've been a fan ever since I learned to put it on fresh fruit and yogurt!

8:30 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Oooh, scrumptious granola!!

Congratulations on the awards!!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Tasty looking granola and congrats on your awards!

8:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

you deserve the awards... and your granola looks yummy... :)

10:49 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Congrats on your awards! That granola looks delicious!! Much more healthy than the store version.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Usha said...

Congrats on your awards and the granola looks perfect :)

10:57 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

I make granola every week. I change it up every time and don't use a recipe anymore. I like to do an eastern type once in a while - with cardamom and ginger, honey and raisins.
If hubs can't have nuts - can he have seeds? Sunflower seeds are nice in granola.
If it helps, I keep the wheat germ, wheat bran and seeds, etc. in the freezer as they have short shelf lives.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Oh I love granola and haven't made my own in ages but after seeing yours I really need to. This Honey Cinnamon Granola looks great!


1:02 PM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Btw Congrats on your awards, well deserved!


1:03 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

The granola looks perfect! A big congratulations on your awards.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

When I get back on my health kick which should be any time now, I will be making this. You guys are awesome!!!

1:40 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Nice granola! I could go for a nice bowl of cereal right now, actually :) I don't think you'll miss the nuts at all, or the fat :)

2:31 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Congrats on your awards! You deserve them with all of your diligent work towards this blog and providing us with YUMMY recipes! Can I just say YUMMY for the granola...I will definitely be trying this one out soon!!

2:49 PM  
Blogger Cate said...

Congratulations and THANK YOU!!!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

We both had breakfast on the mind1 This granola is wonderful...bookmarked!

5:06 PM  
Blogger priscilla joy said...

what yummy looking granola! congrats on the awards, i love getting them!

5:12 PM  
Blogger Chibog in Chief said...

OMG that honey granola looks fantastic! yum!! Congrats on all your awards sweetie! You deserve it!

12:23 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

What exactly is whole oats?

7:56 PM  
Blogger SnoWhite said...

I've been flipping through your recipes this afternoon (instead of working on my dissertation....), and I love your site.

I make a nut-free granola that I eat almost daily --

11:34 AM  

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