Homemade Granola: Guest Post by Crazy Foodie Stunts

homemade granola

Hi folks.

I have another very special guest for you today. Today I have the extremely talented DB of Crazy Foodie Stunts holding down the asylum for me. DB is The Foodie Stuntman, he makes dishes that are challenging and often use methods that are on the tricky side. He pushes culinary boundaries and steps outside the norm. It’s an impressive thing to do. Food that is cooked with care, and technique. It’s a beautiful thing! DB whips up dishes like Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi with Fontina Fonduta, Steak Fajitas, Chocolate Espresso Gelato, Coq Au Vin, and my personal fave Bucatini all ‘Amatriciana. DB is an incredibly supportive and kind blogger. He is also extremely helpful in the group we belong to, Food Bloggers Network, always available to offer advice or feedback. He is a joy to know and I’m proud to count him among my foodie friends. Please welcome DB to the asylum.

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Hi everyone, I’m DB, The Foodie Stuntman, and I write Crazy Foodie Stunts where I make food from scratch that is often taken for granted and can easily be bought at any supermarket, uncommon cooking methods and dishes with challenging preparation for someone with no formal culinary training.

Primarily I do this because, in my experience, I have noticed that homemade food is better than store bought (with very few exceptions). I’ve also noticed that homemade is better than a lot of restaurant food (unless you’re willing to spend your whole paycheck on one dinner) because you can make your dish to suit your own personal tastes. I also love a challenge. In the past few months, I’ve deep fried my own potato chips, made ricotta from scratch and made a gelato without an ice cream maker. Quick and easy is just not my style.

In the last couple of months, I’ve also noticed some of the more popular posts Kim Bee has published have been made with breakfast cereal, so I used this for some inspiration. I think this is a great concept because the novelty of creating something from scratch is present, but easy enough to recreate yourself. For this specific recipe, I’ve adapted Alton Brown’s recipe for homemade granola I found on foodnetwork.com.


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Homemade Granola
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Recipe type: breakfast, snack
 
A wonderful granola recipe by Crazy Foodie Stunts.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ¾ cup shredded sweet coconut
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins or any other dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 250° Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oats, almonds, cashews, coconut and brown sugar. Add in the vegetable oil, salt and maple syrup and stir to combine.
  2. Pour the mixture onto a sheet pan (two if it doesn't fit on one) and place in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, but stirring every 15 minutes to brown evenly.
  3. Remove from oven and place mixture into a large bowl. Add the raisins and toss to combine.
  4. Note: I only baked my granola for 60 minutes because the granola was already very brown.
Notes
Pictures do not have the cashews in them, but they were intended to be used.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Kim Bee for letting me take control of her website, albeit only temporary (Driving the Ferrari, so to speak!) I hope you enjoyed, but as I say on my website, was that insane or what?

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Thank you so much DB for stopping by and sharing your wonderful recipe with us. I adore granola. There is something so homey and comforting about the smell of granola warming and crackling in the stove. I find myself eating it by the handful straight out of the oven. It’s such a great healthy breakfast option, or makes a fabulous snack. I cannot tell you how honoured I am that you are spending a day here at the asylum.

Make sure you stop by DB‘s site, Crazy Foodie Stunts and follow him. You want to make sure you get all his amazing food delivered to your inbox folks. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. Stalk him everywhere folks. You will thank me.

Today we are leaving the fine province of Alberta. We are also leaving my son behind. Probably going to be the most difficult but proud day of my life. I imagine I’ll be a puddle saying goodbye. I’m so glad I was able to do this trip with the kids and have some quality with them. Knowing he’s all set up in his apartment and able to make his own start in life gives me peace of mind. I know he will do great out on his own. He’s beginning a new phase of his life. Starting out on your own is an amazing adventure. He’s going to have the time of his life.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Comments

  1. 1

    I had a blast at the asylum today. Thanks again, Kim!

  2. 3

    What a delicious way to wake up in the morning :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. 5

    Love this post. Great granola, D.B. Homemade is ALWAYS better!

  4. 7

    What a great recipe! I love snacking and this would make the perfect snack! Foodie Stuntman and Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate sent me over and I am so glad I dropped by! KK

  5. 9

    This breakfast looks good to the eye and I’m sure it would be good to the taste too. An impressive mixture.

  6. 11

    I love the combination of ingredients in your granola. this would make the perfect snack or breakfast!

  7. 13

    I love homemade granola but I find I can never leave it alone. SO good!

  8. 15

    Tasty and nutritious? What could be better?! Sounds terrific – great guest post. Thanks.

  9. 17

    Glad you got to drive Kim’s Ferrari, DB. I agree very much with your food philosophy and homemade granola can be far superior than anything you buy. Kim, hope you are enjoying your break from the asylum!

    • 18

      Thanks so much for visiting Hester. I love that DB did a healthy breakfast recipe. I had an interesting journey that ended sort of badly. But just trying to move forward and make some much needed changes.

  10. 19

    What a delicious looking granola! I’ve never had granola with cashews. It sounds delicious!

  11. 21

    I’m sitting here reading your post and feeling like a total idiot. In my last location, I could get my favorite breakfast granola but, now, in Cairo, it isn’t available. It never occurred to me that I could make my own. I don’t know why not! And now I have a lovely recipe that reminds me of my favorite! Thanks for this, DB!

    And, Kim, I’m sure you were a puddle but you will be fine! And so will your son! As a mom who has been through the “drop off” twice, I promise that you will survive. XOXO to you.

    • 22

      Homemade is amazing. So much better than buying it.

      Oh man, the trip went to hell in a hand-basket. But I survived. Lol!

  12. 23

    Stacy, Glad I could help!

  13. 24

    I have made this granola , it’s great. What like most is you don’t have to buy a bunch of stuff you’ll never use again. Made triple batches this year and used them as Christmas gifts. Everyone loved it!!!!

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