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Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola

Karen’s Natural Orange, Oat & Nut Granola

A Zesty & Crunchy Granola Loaded with Almonds, Pecans and Natural Orange Rind.
Such an addictive flavor using Orange Oil for added flavor (yes a recipe for that too!)

Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola
Karen’s Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola

I LOVE making granola! I eat some every morning with yogurt and berries, yes – e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y!

See that is is citrus season right now – I wanted to take advantage of the harmonious balance of sweetness and acidity and add to my usual granola.

The granola is lightly sweetened with honey and coconut palm sugar and uses Orange Oil which you will make to enhance the “orange-flavor.” Or – you can use extra virgin olive oil or an expeller pressed neutral oil.

Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola Yogurt & Berry Parfaits
Karen’s Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola Yogurt & Berry Parfaits (see recipe)
I like making the parfaits JUST BEFORE serving. That way, the granola stays fresh & crispy!
You might like it standing a bit – the granola soaks into the yogurt and the citrus flavor is enhanced.
Karen's Homemade Orange Oil for Granola
Karen’s Homemade Orange Oil for Granola – Use the oil in this recipe & the soaked orange rind! 

Any Orange Citrus rind will do – I chose a Navel Orange.
They are easy to remove the rind with a peeler and have a nice thick wall.
Turn the peels over on a cutting board  – white pith side up and remove all the white pith with a serrated knife until you are left with just the orange rind, then cut into thin strips across – 1/2″ long.

Make Orange Oil; use rind too for the Granola:
  • Add -the peel of one large orange, in strips (all white pith cut away) to 2/3 cup oil; place in a small pan
  • Heat until a simmer, and cook 5 minutes covered
  • Uncover and let stand 3 hours to infuse
  • Use Orange Oil for the granola!
  • Cut the soaked orange into thins strips – add to the granola
Ingredients for Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola
Ingredients for Karen’s Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola

A game changer – One Degree Gluten Free Sprouted Rolled Oats
Sprouted
Oats are more easily digestible and boast more nutrients, these are organic & gluten free! 

Adding the Orange Rind Strips to the Granola
Adding the Orange Rind Strips to the Granola

How to make the GRANOLA:

  • Mix The dry ingredients with the orange rind in a large bowl
  • To a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup (or glass bowl) add Orange Oil, Honey, Coconut Palm Sugar, Pure Vanilla and Pure Almond Extract – microwave 30 seconds to warm – ADD to large bowl and mix
  • Add to a parchment lined 10 x 15 rimmed baking sheet (called a jellyroll pan) – SMOOTH the granola in a even layer
  • Bake at a low 325 degrees – we do not want the orange rind to burn for 15 minutes, or until golden
  • Remove from oven – toss up with a spatula, flatten and bake for 5 – 7 minutes more until all golden
  • Let stand for 20 minutes then break up – will have nice big pieces of granola – crumble if you desire
I use a 10 x 15″ rimmed Jelly Roll Pan for the granola.
I MUST SAY – I use this pan for everything! Roasting veggies, small batch of cookies, cooking tofu cubes, roasting chicken pieces… anytime you need a non- reactive pan (this one is steel) that is a little smaller in size – this is your pan! (I do NOT use Teflon coated baking pans or non-stick)
Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola ready to smooth into the pan and bake
Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola ready to smooth into the pan and bake
Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola ready bake at 325 degrees
Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola ready bake at 325 degrees
Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola out of the oven
Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola out of the oven – loving the big pieces, you decide if you want to crumble it 

Let cool for 20 minutes, will still be slightly warm – slide a metal spatula underneath and granola will be in large pieces.

Why I LOVE This Granola!

  • A nice natural tasting orange flavor (I do not eat anything with “natural flavorings” ugh-chemicals.)
  • Bakes up in chunks… I love it that way! Ok to pinch into smaller pieces or crumble
  • Not too sweet! And – uses just enough oil to bind together
  • Great for a snack – grab by the handful!
  • Makes a pretty impressive and delicious Parfait…with yogurt & berries
  • Gluten & Dairy Free
  • Can be used for a pie crust! See this recipe: Karen’s Granola for Snacking & Pie Crust
Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola - ready to make Parfaits with Yogurt & Berries
Store Granola in an airtight container – ready to make Parfaits with Yogurt & Berries
Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola Parfaits with Yogurt & Berries
Karen’s Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola Parfaits with Yogurt & Berries
Make parfaits using glassware you have. These are simply stemless wine glasses!
Use smaller glasses if you are just having a nosh or breakfast – yet these big ones above surely show off the beautiful layered granola, yogurt & berries.
Also see my COLLECTION of ZESTY CITRUS RECIPES here… dozens to choose from!

Enjoy the simple pleasure of Homemade Granola!
Let me know that you think! 
Karen

So many uses!! Traditional Uncoated True Jelly Roll Pan, 15-Inch by 10-Inch

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Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola

Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola

A Zesty & Crunchy Granola Loaded with Almonds, Pecans and Natural Orange Rind. Such an addictive flavor using Orange Oil for added flavor (yes a recipe for that too!)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
3 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 14 1/4 cup servings - makes 3 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

Into the Big Bowl

  • 2 cups rolled oats I use gluten free "sprouted"
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup natural sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 pinches sea salt

The Rest: to be Warmed

  • 1/4 cup Orange Oil (see recipe) (not extract) can use olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract

Instructions

Make Orange Oil with Orange Rind

  • Add the peel of one large orange, in strips (all white pith cut away) to 2/3 cup oil; place in a small pan.
    Heat until a simmer, and cook 5 minutes covered.
  • Uncover and let stand 3 hours to infuse. Drain the orange rind - cut into thin slivers, will be about 1/2" in length. Use 2 tablespoons for granola - leave remainder rind in oil for another recipe.

Make the Orange Granola:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 10" x 15" jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
  • Add first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, toss with a rubber spatula to combine.
  • Add the next five ingredients to a pyrex measuring cup, or glass bowl. Microwave 30 seconds just to warm (can also warm on the stovetop.)
    Add this wet mixture to the large bowl and mix very well with the rubber spatula. ADD the 2 tablespoons of poached orange slivers; mix in.
  • Spread the granola onto the pan and smooth into a single layer. Press the down with a metal spatula - this insures the granola sticks together nicely, so it will be in nice big chunks.
  • Bake for 15 minutes to until nice and evenly golden. Remove from oven, stir up and press again with a metal spatula.
    Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes until golden (do not let get too dark, will be bitter.)
  • Let rest for 20 minutes until cooling, but a bit warm. Break up the granola enlarge pieces... or crumble if you like.
  • Store in an airtight container and enjoy! Will last at least 1 month... but it will not last that long!

Notes

This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of it's author, Karen Sheer.
COURSE: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
CUISINE: American
KEYWORDS: Natural Orange Granola, Orange Granola
Nutrition Facts
Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola
Amount per Serving
Calories
130
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.001
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Sodium
 
60
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
76
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.05
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
26
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola

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    • Lacie
    • 23 Jan 2024
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    5 stars
    I made this granola as written in the recipe. Was amazed how well it came out with a nice orange flavor. Not a fake tasting flavor. The orange oil & slivered orange took a little time taking off the white pith but was worth the time. Have a little left over to throw in a stew. Cooked up crispy, was careful not to burn it, did not know about the step of mixing it up and placing back in the oven but this technique worked. Thanks Karen!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Lacie! So glad you liked the granola and its flavor. Funny – I made a batch today! Thank you for writing. 😀Karen

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