Granola or Granula

by Joanne on January 7, 2014

Have you noticed how popular Granola has become?  It’s a breakfast cereal, a breakfast bar, a snack bar, and even an energy snack for hikers. 

The oat based treat was originally called Granula by it’s founder Dr. Jackson in 1894 at the Jackson Sanatorium.  He promoted it as one of his health foods in the spa which operated in the early twentieth century. (Source: www.believecereals).

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Granola is basically oats, nuts, maybe a sweetener such as maple syrup, brown sugar or honey, and fruits. It’s made crisp by baking it and stirring while baking to break it up into loose pieces to keep a cereal like consistency.  Alternatively, those chewy granola bars we see on the store shelves or on many a recipe page are still made with oats but baked for less time or even not at all, promoting “No Bake Granola Bars.”

I recently found a delicious Pecan Blueberry Baked Granola from Hannaford’s Market and paid $3.99 for a 1 lb. bag. 

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Good? It’s too good! I had to hide it from myself in the cupboard. This particular granola is made up of rolled oats, brown sugar (sugar being the 2nd ingredient means trouble!), pecans, dried blueberries, honey, soybean oil, water, salt and natural flavor.  The recipe I found on Hannaford’s web site appeals to the nutritionally conscientious side of me more:

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Ingredients:
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup unsalted sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup shelled unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
directions:

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, quinoa, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together almond oil, juice concentrate, and vanilla. Add oil mixture to oat mixture and stir until all contents are coated.

3. Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Bake for 25 minutes, stir, bake another 25 minutes, then add apricots, stirring to distribute. Bake until granola is golden, another 25 to 35 minutes. Watch carefully during the last 10 minutes of baking.

4. Cool granola in pan on a wire rack. When completely cool, serve, or store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, November – December 2013

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Do you like granola? Snack or cereal? Bars: crunchy or chewy?

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6 Comments

  • At 2014.01.08 06:42, Tina@GottaRunNow said:

    Making healthy granola is one my favorite foods to make. Looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing the granola history – it’s news to me!
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    • At 2014.01.08 14:20, Joanne said:

      I’m not sure why I don’t make it more often. It’s such a great snack food.

    • At 2014.01.08 08:29, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

      My mother makes a gigantic batch of granola every other week. I think it’s a staple in their house now. I just discovered Chobani’s Flip yogurt and love the addition of the granola and nuts with the yogurt, but it’s more expensive so I think I need to either find a good bagged granola or make my own.

      • At 2014.01.08 14:20, Joanne said:

        I’d prefer to take the time and make my own. You can control the sweetener better that way.

      • At 2014.01.08 12:57, Lori said:

        I like granola as a snack, but the serving size is too small for the calories for me use as a meal.
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        • At 2014.01.08 14:21, Joanne said:

          You’re right. It can be very calorie loaded. The best way to do it is to make your own and control the fat and sugar.

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