Gooden Granola

By Leslie Blythe  , , ,   

August 30, 2017

Granola, that breakfast food of oats, nuts and other crunchy ingredients, has a mixed reputation. It is often seen a healthy, comforting and—literally and figuratively-crunchy. The breakfast equivalent of a pair of Birkenstocks. Just as Birkenstocks have shed their hippy image and are now right on trend for fashion and comfort, some granola—especially home-made—is now known simply for being delicious. Carl Parke’s (the head of the Gooden School) granola is just that—richly flavored with spices like ginger and allspice, slightly sweet with brown sugar and honey and delightfully nutty with four kinds of nuts and seeds. This is granola at its best, as good at breakfast as it is at any time of the day or night.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr


1Mix the dry ingredients together, then mix the wet ingredients together, then mix it all together.

2Put the mixture on a cookie sheet in 310° F oven. Stir every 15 minutes.

3It’s done when the nuts are fully cooked (about an hour).

4Stir and let cool.


Dry ingredients

21 ounce container of oatmeal

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup pepitas

1 cup sunflower seeds

¾ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

Wet Ingredients

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup honey

⅓ cup cane syrup

⅔ cup rice syrup, corn syrup works too


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