You can probably tell by the name that we think this granola is the bomb! And I’m not kidding around here, it really is! Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it’s one of the few soaked granola recipes I’ve found that soaks oats properly for optimal nutrition.
This awesome recipe comes from Shannon of Cooking God’s Way. I simply tweaked it to my family’s liking. Hope you enjoy it too! You can also use this granola to make your own delicious Homemade Granola Bars!
To help, I’ve divided the recipe into two steps to make it easier to follow and have also provided a step-by-step Soaked Granola Photo Tutorial below:
1) Step One: Soaking – Be sure to mix the oats and rye into the wet ingredients thoroughly to ensure all ingredients are well combined. I highly recommend soaking the oats for at least 24 hours. (I usually soak for 24–30 hours. I do not recommend soaking beyond that time as mold can develop, especially in the warmer summer climates.)
2) After soaking time is completed. Soaked oats are ready for step two …
3) Add honey mixture to soaked oat mixture.
4) Using a large rubber spatula, start working at the edges to pull the soaked oat mixture forward and allow the honey mixture to seep down. Then keep pressing the soaked oats down using the top of rubber spatula, while turning the oats over and over, until everything is well incorporated.
5) Divide the oat mixture in half. Use two parchment-lined 12×17-inch rimmed baking sheets to spread the oats evenly across baking sheet.
6) Picture of the two sheets of soaked oats ready to go into the oven.
7) Very Important: After two hours in the oven, remove baking sheets and flip over the oats, section by section, Then use the top of your spatula to breaking the sections into small pieces. Repeat this process every two hours for up to 8 hours, to ensure proper drying/crisping of oats. See recipe for details on how to ensure crispy granola.
8) All done! Granola should be crispy, dry and DELICIOUS! Now, it’s ready to mix with your favorite add-ins!
Our Three Favorite Flavor Combos:
In addition to these delicious granola mixes, check out “Add-in Ideas” below for more ideas on making your own personalized granola mixes.
• Tropical Delight Granola – Add the following to your baked granola: Crispy almond slices, chopped dried pineapple pieces, chopped dried mango pieces and shredded coconut.
• Apple Pie Granola – Add the following to your baked granola: Crispy almond slices, crispy chopped pecans, chopped dried apple pieces and raisins.
• Cranberry-Walnut Granola – Add the following to your baked granola: Crispy almond slices, crispy chopped walnuts and dried cranberries.
Add-In Ideas: (Choose any or all of the following to create your own delicious granola creations!)
• Your favorite unsweetened dried fruit, such as raisins, currants, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, apricots, apples, etc.
• Dried shredded coconut (or coconut flakes)
• Your favorite chopped *crispy nuts, such as almonds, pecans or walnuts
• Your favorite seeds, such as chia, flax, sunflower or pumpkin
Why take the time to make your own homemade soaked granola cereal?
Homemade soaked granola is a much healthier and nutritious option over “healthy” boxed cereals. That’s because nearly all boxed cereals are created using an industrial food production process called extrusion. What many do not know is that extruded grains are toxic, particularly to the nervous system. For details, check out “Nourishing Our Children.”
P.S. This incredibly delicious & nutritious granola recipe made it on the “Top 10 Reader Favorites of 2012!”