Being/ Making Granola

16 Aug

With the air unseasonably crisp, I am waxing nostalgic for summer indulgences. I am sure that you, fair reader, have joined us in dancing under the sun, sampling a cronut (or two), and whetting your whistles with the finest brews/ vintages. We here at YYZ, though champions of deliciousness, are not gluttons. In fact, we each have more than a bit of a health nut in us. (Or, like me, you come from a crazy healthy family that denied you salt and butter to garnish your corn on the cob until you were 12. -Cherry)

I, for example, try to have at least 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water everyday. I also eat a veggie rich diet. I also enjoy a plain chicken breast/ oily fish over a hunk of steak EVERY time. I practice yoga in the morning and dry brush my skin before my shower. Now when it’s all written out like this, I guess I sound pretty “granola” (to be clear: I DO NOT Birkenstocks!!) … I’m basically like my spiritual sister Gwyneth (Paltrow).

To help our readers prepare for the fall, I am sharing my simple granola recipe. I eat this with skim milk. I sprinkle it over greek yoghurt and fruit. I make it in big batches and it lasts me about 10 days. (Note: this recipe is based on a couple of recipes found online that I have integrated in my experiments.)

Prep: 10 mins
Bake: 30 – 40 mins
Bake at 350 degrees


3 cups of rolled oats (don’t use instant!)
1 cup of dried cranberries (chopped coarsely)
1 cup of dried apricots (chopped coarsely)
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
pinch of salt

* I don’t like nuts in my granola so I leave them out BUT this would be delicious with some almonds or pistachio.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, mix together oats and coconut flakes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the honey and vegetable oil.
  • Drizzle wet mixture over your dry ingredients. Use a spoon or your hands to make sure you have good coverage.
  • Spread granola over a baking sheet evenly and bake for 30-40 minutes. Take it out half way to give it a stir. This will keep the baking of the oats even.

I like my granola crunchy so I leave it in until the end. Remove towards the end (with 8-10 minutes to go) and add your dried cranberries and apricots. Most recipes add dried fruit once the granola has been cooled but I like the caramelization of the dried fruits if you bake them for a bit. It adds chewiness to the crunch!

Store in an airtight container.

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Happy Friday!!


2 Responses to “Being/ Making Granola”

  1. magali August 19, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Cherry, it makes me very sad that you were denied salt and butter on your corn!

    • yyz cherry August 19, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Surprisingly, I turned out OK! 😉

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