It’s honey week here at Lolly’s Sweet Treats! About two months ago, my long lost neighbor, Jayne, stumbled upon my blog and offered me a jar of honey to use in the kitchen. I was overjoyed to hear from the girl who lived down the road from me while we were growing up and super excited to try out her and her husband’s honey from Honeyrun Farm, which is located in Williamsport, Ohio.
I stopped by the Worthington Farmers’ Market to see Jayne a week ago. Little did I know, the flavor of honey differs based on the season because of the type of pollen that is available for the bees to collect. Spring honey is delicate and light, summer honey has a deeper flavor, and autumn honey is rich and a little spicy. All of this was new information to me and Jayne graciously gave me the low down and a complimentary jar of this delightful syrup.
The autumn honey is on the left and the summer is on the right
I couldn’t decide on just one recipe to make with the honey, so I decided to make four different things that I will be posting all this week. In addition to the honey granola featured today, I have an appetizer, main dish, and a dessert to share with all of you. As far as this granola goes, it’s a very versatile recipe in which you can add whatever dried fruits and nuts you prefer. I have been eating it for breakfast sprinkled on top of my yogurt with a little extra drizzle of honey on top of it all. With flax seed, wheat germ, and nuts, it’s a great way to kick start your day. The granola would also be great with milk or mixed in with a bowl of hot oatmeal. Whichever way you choose, you can’t go wrong.
Head on over to the Honeyrun Farm website to learn more about Jayne and Isaac’s honey farm and how they got started. I really appreciate all the hard work she and her husband put into their small business and it’s nice to know that I’m using local products that are high in quality and delicious. Jayne also makes beeswax candles and soaps, which are available on Etsy. Thanks so much, Jayne! I will definitely be stocking up on more of the Honeyrun Farm honey in the future.
Yield: About 5 cups of granola
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 3 Tbsp flax seed
- 1 Tbsp wheat germ
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried fruits (I used cranberries, golden raisins, and pineapple)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Combine the oats, nuts, flax seed, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the water, honey, oil, and vanilla to a low boil. Remove from heat and pour over the oat mixture. Stir to ensure it’s evenly-coated.
Pour the granola on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 50-60 minutes (or until golden brown), stirring every ten minutes so it doesn’t burn.
Remove from the oven and allow it to cool slightly. Stir in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.
Source: Adapted from Joy of Baking