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Homemade Granola and Plum Jam

August 14, 2012

I have been wanting to make granola for quite some time now. All I knew was that it involved oats, but that’s about it. I soon learned that granola can be made with about anything! Nuts, dried fruit, coconut, chocolate, spices, etc. This is a simple oatmeal-based granola with roasted almonds, chocolate chunks, and a bit of crystallized ginger for some hidden flavor. It tastes wonderful covered in some almond milk and with an added spoonful of plum jam.

Plum jam was made from about 30-40 small plums from a tree in my backyard. Since they are so small, and do not hold their shape very well when detached from the pit, the work wonders when making a quick jam! Add some brown sugar, vanilla, and 30 minutes to your clock and you will be in business!

Homemade Granola

adapted from Cherry Almond Granola

1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup coconut oil
A pinch of ground nutmeg
A pinch of salt
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup roasted and salted almonds, chopped
1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/4 tsp minced crystallized ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, oil, nutmeg, and salt until smooth. Stir in the oats, almonds, chocolate, and ginger until mixture is coated in the sugar mix (I used my hands towards the end so it was distributed evenly).

Spread out evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool before storing in an airtight container at room temperature.

Plum Jam

2 cups pureed plums                                                                                                                                                            1/2 cup brown sugar                                                                                                                                                            2 tbsp granulated sugar                                                                                                                                                      1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium for about 30 minutes until mixture starts to thicken. Once at desired consistency, pour into a heat-proof container and let cool. Once cooled, keep in refrigerator.






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