better than from a bakery granola

I love granola for breakfast. Not only do I make it quite frequently, but I do often order it when going out for breakfast. I’m a bit of a granola snob and I definitely know what I like. This granola found in Baked: New Frontiers in Baking cookbook is great. Like really, really great.

Look at it, this granola has clusters! Every granola I have made, while delicious & wholesome, doesn’t have the goodness that makes them clump up like the granola found at a great bakery. Look no further. This granola clumps, it’s crunchy and it’s easy to make. Sure, there’s a bit more sugar than I’m used to putting in my granola, but it’s worth the extra calories. Do it for the clumps!

Want to make your friends, co-workers and family really happy this holiday? Just bake up a batch, throw it in a large glass jar, top it with a bow, and call it a homemade gift made with love. Better yet, bake up a double batch (I’ve done it and it works beautifully) so you have some for yourself and a friend. Guaranteed happiness.

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50 comments to “better than from a bakery granola”

  1. 1
    laviecerise   December 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    OMG, J. Do you know that Baked is just down the street from me? And it rules? So happy you're sharing their granola recipe!

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    The Leftoverist   December 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I just might be as much of a granola freak as you. Guess what I'm giving for Christmas?

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    Sarah   December 4, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    omg CLUMPS!! thank you for sharing the recipe, I love this type of granola!

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    Tasha   December 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I've never ever had granola….is it an American thing do you think? I didn't really even hear about granola until I started following a bunch of cooking blogs. It looks delicious either way and I'm going to make some as soon as possible!

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    Lydia   December 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Once you have homemade granola, you never go back. I like this recipe, but I'm really hooked on the olive oil granola that was published in the New York Times.

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    tagan   December 4, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    YUM! I have 5 huge bags of oats waiting to be turned into granola in my kitchen right now. Granola baking is in the air! I usually skimp on the sugar too, and the result is no clumps…which is of course the best part of granola. I think you've inspired me to go a little sweeter this time. Thanks!
    (I am a chef and mother, and I just started a food blog: taganskitchen.blogspot.com)

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    Shannalee   December 5, 2009 at 6:28 am

    YUM! I have been so hooked on making homemade granola bars lately, and now I am bookmarking this recipe to try, if only for those beautiful clumps!

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    Cole Roberts   December 5, 2009 at 11:42 am

    It's Saturday morning and I just sat down at my computer with a bowl of homemade granola to catch up on some reading. I saw the title of your blog post and had to check it out. Thanks for the recipe! I'll definitely be trying this version soon.

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    Amanda Nicole   December 5, 2009 at 8:05 am

    There's nothing like good granola! Thanks for sharing.

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    Beth R+V   December 5, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    And shockingly, I have all the ingredients ready to go in my pantry! No random pepitas or dried mango needed. Putting this on the top of my must-make pile.

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    Bijoux   December 5, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I have to be honest and admit that I have resorted to buying ready made granola (from a box), which is by no means nearly as good as the home made stuff. But it is just easier (read: lazier)to go to the market and buy it. I'm by no means a "granola snob" (LOL) but I do like the crunchy clumps…yes, I certainly have a sweet tooth…so bad is my sweet tooth that I secretly wish one day you'll announce that the big white plop next to your granola is actually whipped cream ;)

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    CookiePie   December 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Delicious!! Is it wrong that I want this sprinkled over ice cream, instead of having it for breakfast? :)

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    kickpleat   December 7, 2009 at 8:25 am

    You are so lucky, laviecerise! Envious!

    The leftoverist, I think it's the perfect gift!

    Tasha, I do think it is a North American thing. We've hosted couch surfers from Europe and they eat muesli. When I've served granola for breakfast, they love it!

    Lydia, I'll have to take a look at that one, I've never heard of it!

    Thanks Tagan, go sweet! Go for clumps! I'll take a peek at your blog too :)

    Me too, Sarah!

    Shannalee, I have to give granola bars another chance. I tried making them once and they just turned into delicious granola!

    Glad I could help, Amanda.

    Cole, homemade granola is the best. I love this version so much.

    Beth, give it a try!

    Ha! Bijoux, the big plop is Fage yogurt which I purchased when in the States recently. It's incredible thick Greek low fat yogurt and I should have bought more than 1 container.

    CookiePie, be my guest & sprinkle it where ever you like!

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    Bijoux   December 7, 2009 at 9:55 am

    kickpleat: I'm acquainted with FAGE (which means "eat" in Greek) yoghurt as I used to eat it when I lived in Greece. I had no idea it was sold in the US!

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    stephchows   December 7, 2009 at 10:41 am

    oh how i love granola!! I was just so unhappy that I don't have anymore at work… time to make some tonight for sure!

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    Harrisburg accident attorneys   December 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I'm a big fan of clusters also! That's how I judge my granolas.

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    Jess   December 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Oh. my. gosh. CLUMPS?! Amazing. I am adding this to my holiday baking list immediately. (Must get my hands on that cookbook.)

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    Erin, A Crafty Lass   December 8, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I have attempted several different granola recipes and have never gotten the clumps! So excited to try this…

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    tws   December 8, 2009 at 10:30 am

    kickpleat, you rock my socks. seriously.

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    springboots   December 8, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I made this over the weekend and doubled the batch like you suggested :) I gave some away and had the last wee bit this morning with some Almond Breeze. Delicious! Thanks!

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    Dana   December 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for the reminder! I was brainstorming on what to make for friends and families (and teachers and babysitters and bus drivers) this season and I forgot about granola. I have a tried and true recipe but this one looks terrific!

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    bluejeangourmet   December 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I am totally sold here–well, except for the raisins…I'll be substituting those :)

    love the flavor of the granola I already make, but the clumps have indeed been elusive! going to try this weekend as part of the big holiday baking effort. thanks for sharing!

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    vagabondtramp   December 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    This recipe looks lovely and simple as well! And the funny thing was that I was just looking for a good granola recipe the other day. Do you think it would be good with dried cranberries instead of raisins??

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    kickpleat   December 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Bijoux, so good to know that you know the glory of Fage. Wish it was available here.

    Enjoy your granola, Steph!

    Harrisburg, glad you approve.

    Jess, yup. Clumps. Lots of 'em.

    Enjoy the clumping, Erin!

    tws, why thank you!

    Hooray, so glad you loved it Springboots!!

    Dana, you can never have too many tried & true granola recipes.

    bluejean, sub away! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

    vagabondtramp, yes! The original recipe did call for cranberries but I didn't have any so I used raisins. Enjoy!

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    Rosiecat   December 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    kickpleat, you always post the most amazing-sounding recipes. And I'm so, so far behind on cooking and baking recipes from your blog! Wah! Help! Maybe one weekend I'll just go all out and devote my weekend kitchen frenzy to your recipes. This granola is going on my list!

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    kickpleat   December 10, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Rosiecat, this recipe is the granola ideal I think…so move it up on your list ;)

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    Kiersten   December 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I wish I would have seen this post earlier today. I made some homemade granola and while it's still really tasty, I wish it would have clumped. I'll try your recipe next time!

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    Anonymous   December 15, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Looks like I'll do this and Ima gonna add fennel.

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    eatme_delicious   December 23, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Great gift idea! I love clumpy granola too so will have to try this recipe.

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    Haley   December 24, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I used you recipe and subbed dried cranberries for raisins… and it was so good I made it again using golden raisins. Delicious both ways! Thank you!

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    kickpleat   December 29, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Kiersten, I do hope you try out this version, it's a keeper for sure!

    Anon, sure add fennel if that's your thing.

    eatme, this is a great version. My fave so far.

    Hayley, I'm sure it's perfect for re-interpretation! Glad it worked out both ways.

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    Tara   December 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Wow, I have never felt the need to make homemade granola because I never was too crazy about the store-bought stuff. I am so glad you tempted me into trying this because it is DELICIOUS! I bought some maple yogurt to go with and my breakfasts for the past 2 days have been stupendous! Thanks for being a great inspiration!

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    foodmongerette   January 2, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Thanks for posting this – I've made it twice already, and will probably be making more today! The clumps are the most enjoyable part of this!

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    kickpleat   January 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Tara, so glad you made granola. It's so easy and so good too!

    foodmongrette, hooray! the clumps are the best.

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    Rosiecat   January 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Hi again! I'm just reporting back to say that this granola is awesome! Very sweet and clumpy, it reminds me of a crunchy oatmeal cookie. It's delicious. I like the whole almonds–I've always chopped the nuts in my granolas, but the whole almonds are very nice.

    The only change I made to the recipe was to use dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar–a substitution I made out of necessity in my kitchen.

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    Roberta   January 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    This granola is heaven – you haven't steered me wrong yet!

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    Halley   January 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    You should call this crack granola cause I can't stop eating it. It's a great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Anonymous   February 9, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Mmmmm I just made two batches of this; one with dried prineapple, mango and cranberries, and one with currants, sultanas and raisins.
    Thanks for providing a recipe that has clusters; they're the best bit!!
    xMichelle

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    littlehouse   February 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I'm coming to this party very late, I know. But, I just discovered this secret for clumping granola, that doesn't involved extra sugar…
    Finely grind 1/2 cup of the oats and 1/3 cup of flax seeds per tray of granola you are making (I use a coffee grinder) and just mix it in with the dry ingredients and proceed as normal. That should make things clump nicely :)

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    kristin   May 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Finally! A granola I can actually make, tastes great, and doesn’t have a bunch of weird ingredients I never have on hand! It only takes me a week to eat a batch of this granola — I love it so much! Before I found this recipe, I had a jar of store-bought granola sitting in my pantry for well over two months — I just couldn’t eat that stale, tasteless junk anymore. Thanks for posting!

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    Yum! Clumpy granola is my favorite! I agree, not many recipes result in clumpy granola. I’m glad I found this recipe and your blog…will definitely be trying out!

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