It took me about 3 years to develop this recipe and get the perfect balance of wet to dry and now it's a staple around here.
This is my doubled recipe so halving it works just fine.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons butter (chilled and cut into small pieces)
- 1/3 can pumpkin
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 6 oz. white chocolate chips
- 1 egg
- 8 c. oatmeal
- 2 c. Sunflower seeds (shelled)
- 2 c. almonds slivers
- 1 c. walnuts
- 1/3 c. wheat germ - skip for gluten free
- 2 T. cinnamon
- 1 T nutmeg
- 1 c. oil (I use grape oil, but you can use regular canola/vegetable)
- 2 c. honey
- 1 c. water
- ½ c. brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 T almond extract
Preheat oven to 400.
Mix first eight ingredients together. Cut in butter using pastry blender or 2 forks until mixture is crumbly.
Add in buttermilk and pumpkin and mix until just combined. Add white chocolate chips.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently 8 to 10 times. Pat dough to approximately 1 inch thick. Cut out 6 –12 rounds using biscuit cutter or cut into whatever shapes you desire. Place on greased baking sheet. Brush tops with egg.
Bake for 15 minutes or until browned and risen.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Heat wet ingredients on medium until well dissolved.
Pour warm mixture into bowl and stir until dry ingredients are well covered.
Spread onto two cookie sheets and heat in oven for 1.5 hours, stirring every 15 to 20 minutes.
Cool and then add 1 – 2 cup of raisins, craisins or your choice of dried fruit.
Store in airtight container for 3 weeks.
- For granola bars, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, bake this at 350 for 30 minutes, do not stir. Let cool and pull parchment off cookie sheet. Cut into individual servings.
- Serving Suggestions: with yogurt and fruit for breakfast or a healthy snack, over ice cream, layered between fruit and whipped cream for a dessert parfait.
- Gift Ideas:1) Place granola in a jar or celophane bag, attach ribbon, recipe and serving suggestions. 2) Layer only dry ingredients in a jar with recipe and serving suggestions attached. 3) Cut Granola bars into individual servings and wrap in decorative celophone with ribbon.