Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Blueberry Almond Granola


I totally caved. I wasn't going to bake this week. I was feeling lazy and thinking about the many many ingredients in this recipe was more than my brain could handle. But my fellow SMS Bakers inspired me to look beyond the long list of ingredients. Every one's granola looked so great and it seems there is a lot of leeway with this recipe in terms of substitutions. So what that I didn't have rye flakes, powdered milk, sunflower seeds, pure maple syrup and the variety of dried fruits called for in Melissa Murphy's granola?


I did have oats, slivered almonds and pumpkin seeds for the dry ingredients. For the coating I used the sugar free imitation maple syrup in my fridge, honey and all the spices. In addition I added some vanilla extract and I had dried blueberries on hand (left over from the biscotti recipe several weeks back). Even though the long list of items seems overwhelming, this recipe is incredibly simple to put together. I will definitely make homemade granola again. So many options! Check out what other SMS bakers did this week here.


My granola turned out pretty good. I halved the recipe and ended up with a lot of granola! I cannot imagine making the full recipe. It turned out a little browner than I hoped and I would have had added another 1/2 cup of honey or some brown sugar to give it a slightly sweeter kiss. But I generally put granola on already sweetened yogurt, so it's probably just right for that.



Thanks to Wendy of Pink Stripes for hosting this week. Check out her site to get the recipe.

Thanks to Shandy and the other ladies for inspiring me to bake this week!

10 comments:

  1. You did it! I LOVE your granola! BTW, I think most of our granola turned out darker then we would have liked. Your dried blueberries really pop in your pictures and look delicious.

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  2. Great job making it work with what you had on hand! I think of granola recipes as being a loose guideline. The full recipe makes a ridiculous amount of granola, but somehow it's disappearing fast.

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  3. Hehe! I didn't think mine was golden enough (but I am a granola noob!) Yours looks great!

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  4. I was wondering about the sweetness level of mine too and I SO wanted to melt some butter into the honey/oil mixture... I'm going to make another batch to double check measurements (having halved it too the first time.)

    I'm glad you were inspired to bake along- vanilla blueberry almond is a great combination. That is the beauty of granola- one can riff on the idea and the results are still mighty tasty!

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  5. You sure did churn out a pretty good looking granola for someone who didn't really wanna bake :)

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  6. The dried blueberries look so good in your photos! It makes me want to run out and buy some asap :) Glad you could bake along this week - I think it's one of the nice things about baking with a group, we motivate one another!

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  7. Hi Melissa,

    I have been trying to open up the page/link and can't get it to open. Is there another link I may be able to find the recipe you used? All the comments on your page make it sound absolutely fabulous!! Can't wait to try it!

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  8. Hi Melina, I'm not sure what happened to Wendy's site where the recipe was posted. If you want to leave your email address I would be happy to email you the recipe.

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  9. Thank you for the super quick response!

    melinalobos@gmail.com

    I cant wait! These oats and blueberries have been in front of me for too long now! ;)

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