Summer Fruit Granola

Granola s a staple in our house, all four seasons long.  When we run out, I make more, end of story. It’s always delicious, but usually a pretty routine affair, made up of whatever half-empty bags of nuts etc. happen to be in the cupboard that week.  Every once in a while, though, it gets elevated to something special.

The taking off point for this granola was some drop dead gorgeous dried fruit from one of the orchards at our farmer’s market.  They dehydrate their ripe peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries and grapes right from their trees.  I noticed a big box of it tucked away in a corner of the stand, and while all the buzz was around the fresh fruit, I scored some pretty amazing stuff.

The fruit is bright colored and plump.  It  bears no resemblance to the bags of dried fruit in stores.  I’m kicking myself for not stocking up on it, I really hope they have more  next weekend.

I balanced the huge pieces of fruit with whole nuts, and even some raw peanuts in their skins.  I used a wildflower honey to sweeten it just a little, and simple vanilla for flavor.

This is a chunky, luxurious Sunday morning granola.  It’s good enough to give as a gift, send to kids at college, or serve to overnight guests.  You need nothing more than ice cold milk to make a feast out of this granola.

Summer Fruit Granola
oven to 350
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 cup raw wheat germ
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cups sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pecan halves
1/3 cup walnut halves
1/3 cup raw peanuts, skin on
1/3 cups sliced almonds
1/2 tsp sea salt

  • Mix all the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

1/3 cup vegetable oil (any kind you like)
1/4 cup wildflower honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Add the honey and vanilla to the oil.  Drizzle in the oil while you are stirring the granola, until everything is well coated and combined.
  • Spread the granola out evenly on a baking sheet (with sides)
  • Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until toasted and golden browned.  Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn along the edges.

1 heaping cup mixed dried summer fruits such as peaches, plums, nectarines, grapes etc. cut in large bite sized pieces.

  • Take the pan out of the oven and add the dried fruit to the hot granola.
  • Cool on the pan, and when completely cool, store in an airtight jar.

Does anybody use a dehydrator?  I noticed that they’re not too expensive and I’m wondering what kind of results you can get with them.

 

17 Comments

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    grace
    August 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

    what a lovely and colorful blend! my favorite part of a batch of granola is the mix of dried fruit, and yours is spectacular!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    August 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Oh yes – now this is a breakfast to get up for!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    August 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I was a little busy yesterday (medical tests – yuck) so I was unable to get my daily fix of your beautiful food! But this gave me an idea. This weekend while you’re shopping at the farmer’s market, buy lots of extra dried fruit and have a special giveaway next week so I can win some! Now doesn’t that sound perfect??? Sign me up!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    August 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Oh Sue – I would leap out of bed for this in the morning! lovely lovely ingredients –
    Mary x

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    August 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I love homemade granola too and always have some on my counter to scoop out and eat with Greek yogurt or with milk and fruit like this. A perfect start to the day!

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    Ellen B Cookery
    August 3, 2012 at 12:20 am

    What a wonderful and healthy breakfast meal!

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    August 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Beautiful and delicious looking granola. I’m with you – we never seem to tire of granola, yours sounds amazing!

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    Heather @girlichef.com
    August 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Now that is definitely some gorgeous fruit! I definitely need some of this granola in my life. I have a dehydrator…but it’s pretty old and very clunky, so I don’t use it often. But when I do, I get good results!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    August 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    This looks delicious. I have a dehydrator and have used it only for jerky when my boys were younger. I tried plum tomatoes and it took days. Maybe I needed a commercial brand dehydrator.

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    Mary
    August 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    This is stunning granola. I have an Excalibur dehydrator (the 9 tray model). And my kids love snacking on the dried fruits and I have used the dehydrated vegetables in soups and casseroles. My brother’s family dehydrates almost everything that comes out of their garden and the kids snack on all of it.

    P.S. There is a section in my Recipe Index listing the different foods I have dehydrated.

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    August 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. I would love to find dried fruit that beautiful at our farmer’s market.

    I was given a dehydrator once, but never used it. At the time I was working and didn’t have the time it took to dry the fruit. I will be interested to see the answers you get.
    Sam

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      Sue/the view from great island
      August 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      I wonder how many growers dry their fruit, I’ve never noticed any before in the years I’ve been going to farmer’s markets,, but maybe I just wasn’t looking for it. I would think it would be a good way to manage the glut of extra fruit at the height of the summer.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    the colors and textures are just jumping off the page! I love big chunky bits in my granola and this looks perfect – especially with summer fruit!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      August 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      I can’t stop looking at the colors of the fruit, all those different peaches and nectarines etc. were each a slightly different shade.

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