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a distant memory

Last week, the lovely Whitney of Whitney in Chicago made granola.  I commented on her blog that it looked delicious, to which she responded "let me send you some!".  Yes please!  It arrived at the end of last week and was enjoyed as cereal with soy milk, on top of greek yogurt and, most commonly, by the handful while staring into my pantry trying to decide what to make for dinner.  That was my favorite way to consume it.  It is chock-full of pistachios and cranberries, along with almonds and coconut flakes.  Delicious.  Thank you Whitney!


Granola is one of those grocery store items that I hate to buy.  It is somewhat expensive and every time I pick up a box or scoop some into a bulk bag I think to myself  "I should just make my own!"  My good friend Beth sent Brian (my hubb) and I a batch for Christmas which was consumed quickly and similarly to Whitney's.  Since then I've had granola on my to-make list, and the arrival of Whitney's package secured its spot at the very top of that list.


As I've written before, its spring cleaning time.  I've been working through the containers of dried fruits and nuts in my pantry, cleaning out items that have been stored for far too many months to make room for new purchases.  Granola seemed like the perfect way to use up the small quantities of miscellaneous dried goods that I had left.  I dug around and found currants, cranberries, apples and pineapple along with walnuts, pumpkin seeds and a small amount of finely shredded unsweetened coconut


As I gathered my ingredients I eagerly pulled up Whitney's recipe to make sure I had what I needed for the granola base.  One item on the list stirred a recent memory of a white, flour-like substance that I had been storing in a small gladware container.  It had been in the pantry for months and I had been trying to remember what it was.  I knew that I had opened a box of something, used a good portion of it and stored the remainder in this container for future use.  The only problem?  I hadn't labeled the container, and I had no idea what the substance was.  Just last week, during my initial cleaning out of the pantry I had stumbled upon it and, exasperated that I coudn't remember what it was, I threw it out.  Now I remembered.  Powdered milk.  And, of course, Whitney's recipe called for it.  And I, the non-labeler, had none.


I quickly decided that powdered milk must not be an absolutely necessary ingredient in granola.  My reasoning?  Everybody loves granola, including Vegans. And a granola that contained powdered milk would not be vegan so powdered milk must not be necessary.  This means that honey must not be absolutely necessary either but I chose to keep it in, because I do love honey.  

For my kitchen sink granola (or should I say pantry shelf granola?) I decided to hop over to The Kitchen Sink, remembering that I had seen Kristin feature granola a few times on her blog.  And her recipe didn't require powdered milk.  Ding ding!   I modified the mix to include the items I had on hand, but the base recipe is the same.  And it is delicious.  Store-bought granola?  A distant memory.


Mixed Fruit Granola

recipe modified from the kitchen sink


  • 3-1/2 cups rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar

  • 1/4 cup canola oil

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups mixed dried fruit (I used cranberries, currants, apples and pineapple)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375*.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.  In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the dried fruit.  Stir well to incorporate.

  2. Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how golden you like it (I baked mine for 20 minutes).  Stir every 10 minutes.

  3. Remove the granola from the oven and cool completely, in its pan on a wire rack.  Once the granola is cool mix in the dried fruit.


In the Blog World:

Wiggs of The Beholder is hosting a fabulously fun contest!  Please check it out, and hang out for awhile to read her blog.  She is hilarious, and is going to give me swimmer abs by summertime.  I shall be forever grateful.  :)

Jenn of Eating Bender just had her 1 year Blogiversary, and to celebrate is hosting a fun giveaway!  Congratulations Jenn!

HangryPants is giving away a Lexan Healthy Juicer!  Fun!!!

Have you been reading Kath's posts about her trip to Africa?  Amazing!

Happy Wednesday!

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Reader Comments (31)

Wow, that looks so tasty...my mom makes her own granola and gives me some on occasion but she's never added dried fruit. Great idea!

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRun Saraaah

your granola is ALMOST as breathtaking as kath's africa pictures :-)

thanks for another winning recipe!

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

mmm...i love granola! yours sounds great!

03.18.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

Another beautiful recipe!!

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

LOVE homemade granola! I also tend munch on most of it while trying to decide what's for dinner :P

03.18.2009 | Unregistered Commentertryingforatri

Your version looks fabulous and thanks for giving my granola a photoshoot :)

03.18.2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhitneyinchicago

Both of your granolas look AMAZING! Homemade granola is always better :)

03.18.2009 | Unregistered Commenterksgoodeats

Weeeee! Thanks for the link! Dude, that granola looks incred. I eat so much granola from the grocery store; I think it's high-time I made my own. And what gorgeous pictures you took! I'm drooling...and I'm also sitting in a public library, so I think I'm freaking out the guy across the table from me.

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterWiggs

LOVELY, LOVELY granola!!

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

Mmmm I have been wanting to make some granola too! Every time I go to buy it I think about making it and then... I don't. But I'm inspired now!

03.18.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkara

This is now added to my list of things to make!

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

i've been looking for the perfect granola. i'll be trying this soon!

thanks and cheers,


03.18.2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather

Thanks for the shout out :) That granola looks absolutely fantastic!

Thank your for the give away info and granola recipe! It Looks delish:)

I LOVE making my own granola. I feel so superior when I have a delicious batch, made to my tastes, instead of paying like $143290432/pound at the store. Yours looks delicious! I love your vegan logic regarding the powdered milk and honey, I totally would have freaked out and cried about my granola fail.

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMica

I NEED to make that granola. Though that grazing on it during dinner prep might be a big deterrent.

I consistently use vegan logic when I'm out of dairy ingredients or they are outdated. Maybe instead of WWJD (what would Jesus do) it should be WWVGD (what would Veggie Girl do).

03.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

the granola looks amazing!!!

03.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah W.

Granola looks wonderful!!!

That granola looks really tasty. I'm intrigued by the pumpkin seeds :)

03.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Hi Andrea! Here's my first comment :P
What a coincidence...I made granola yesterday morning, too :) I used sunflower seeds but pumpkin seeds sound really good! I'll have to try them some time.

03.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterGina

looks delish...and I love how rustic your photos look with that background.

03.19.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlauren (athlEAT)

Granola looks great! I think I'll make some when I get through all my MixMyGranola (I'm giving away a $20 gift certificate, btw). Definitely more economical!

granola is on my list of things to make, and thanks for pointing me in the direction of kath's blog..it's great!


03.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterNAOmni

yummy granola! will have to try it sometime!

03.19.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

The variety of healthy, yummy ingredients in your granola is awesome! Looks delish.

03.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

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