Lemon poppy seed granola: The bread in granola form.

21 Mar

So I actually had anticipated to make you lemon poppy seed muffins this morning. HORRIBLE FAIL! I used to think that food bloggers got everything right. That they knew measurements by heart and what temperature to place the oven at. That they knew exactly what spice would make the recipe come alive. All of the above is completely incorrect! I’ve had more recipe fails than triumphs…which make the successes that much better! 

So the muffin batter tasted smelled delicious and so I popped them in for 15 minutes and voila! Completely undercooked tops with burnt rock hard bottoms. Lackluster not sweet at all. Good lord! I’ll get back to you on those.

But for now, heres a granola recipe that DOES work. I guarantee it!

Also…Is there anything better than crunchy granola? Well yes, the obvious contenders are chocolate, banana ice cream etc etc. But a nice bowl of granola topped onto yogourt or milk is breakfast nirvana for many- myself included. 

ALSO, to ensure the crunch ( which is crucial)…my good friends mom once taught me a trick that forever changed my granola baking days….ready?…. cool the granola in the oven!! I swear to god it gets crunchier. Once your finished baking simply turn the oven off and prop the oven door open until its done cooling. 

Lemon Poppy Seed Granola ( Coconut spiked):

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup slivered walnuts/almonds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or earth balance
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • juice of one lemon ( best to zest and then juice)( I learned this the hard way)
  • 1/2 cup raisins ( can sub apricots/cranberries/cherries) ( whatever floats your granola boat)
  • 1/4 dark chocolate (optional but fully encouraged)


  • preheat oven to 350F
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl ( excluding raisins and dark chocolate)
  • Put the wet ingredients in a saucepan and melt. You can also do this in the microwave but the slow method really brings out the flavour I think.
  • mix wet to dry and place on a parchment lined pan.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes depending on your oven. Your kitchen should be smelling wonderful by now and that usually dictates when its ready. Then give it a stir, turn your oven off and prop the door open!Image

One Response to “Lemon poppy seed granola: The bread in granola form.”

  1. Jane Balfour March 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    LOL one of lifes greatest lessons, ‘best to zest then juice the lemon.’ Your peanut butter granola was delish but I didn’t share with my mother it was too good.

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