Vanilla Bean Granola Recipe

I recently received this as a Christmas gift and man oh man…was it yummy.  And fortunately for me…and now you guys…the recipe came with the gift.  I am very excited to share this recipe with you guys.  And since I have already devoured the granola that I got for Christmas, I have decided to make more for myself in the near future.  When I do, I will take pictures and post them here. I have already enjoyed this granola as a cereal, a topping for fresh fruit, and with yogurt.  I can’t wait to make more so I can try it other ways.  However, I did not want to wait any longer to share the wonderful recipe.  So here goes…ENJOY!!!

In a small bowl mix the following ingredients:

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup coconut oil–melted

Vanilla caviar from 1 Indrivanilla vanilla bean

In a large bowl mix the following ingredients:

3 cups oats

2 cups nuts-finely chopped (cashews, pecans, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc)

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Once you have mixed all the dry ingredients together in your large bowl, mix in your wet ingredients and mix well.

Once mixed well, pour mixture into a large baking pan or onto 2 cookie sheets.

Bake for 75 mins, stirring gently every 15 mins.

Allow to cool completely.  Once cooled you can add in optional ingredients such as raisins, cranberries, other dried fruit, mini  chocolate chips, etc.  The options are endless.

Store in an airtight container.

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Vanilla Bean Goodness!!!

Recently I decided to update the website and take new pictures of the vanilla beans.  I was actually really pleased with how they turned out.  I am excited that the moisture, plumpness and softness of the vanilla beans can be seen in the pictures.  Our farmer in Indonesia produces such amazing vanilla beans and I am so honored to be able to share them with others.  I hope you all enjoy the pictures as much as I did.  Don’t forget to stop by our site and get some beans for yourself.  www.indrivanilla.com

img_0041Look how many Ultra-Premium vanilla beans you get in 1/2 pound…approximately 70-75 beans.  Look at the moisture and texture on those beans.  So easy to use, these beans are pliable, not brittle and dry like many you will find in grocery stores.  We vacuum seal our beans to help maintain their freshness and moisture.

img_0040Luxury grade vanilla beans, approximately 95-110 vanilla beans per pound.  Luxury grade beans have the highest quantity and quality of caviar of all the beans we offer.  The taste and aroma is absolutely amazing.  This past weekend, I made cinnamon rolls and used a luxury vanilla bean in the icing.  I could have eaten a gallon of the icing.  I wish I had some right now!!!

img_0022Want the most bang for your buck…Premium grade beans are the way to go!!!  Here is a pound, approximately 180-190 vanilla beans.  Think how many wonderful recipes you can make with that many vanilla beans!!!  Vanilla bean frosting, vanilla bean marshmallows, vanilla bean pastry cream, vanilla bean ice cream…you will never want to go back to vanilla extract…unless you use the beans to make it!!!

img_0009_#1One pound of Premium Vanilla Beans.

img_0003_#2Half pound of Premium grade vanilla beans, you get 90-95 beans, what a deal.  You could even be generous and share with your friends.  It’s ok to feel like you have to hoard your vanilla beans, but at less than $0.50/each, you can afford to share and use them on a regular basis.  And don’t worry, even I have moments of hoarding and I own a vanilla bean business.

Not sure if you like vanilla beans?  We also sell individual vanilla beans in each grade, so you can mix and match and decide which beans are for you. Compare our beans with those you find in the grocery stores and you will be very pleased.  Typical grocery store vanilla beans are dry and brittle and are between $5-10 each!!!  YIKES!!!  Give our beans a try, you won’t regret it!!!  But be warned, once you start using vanilla beans, you will be addicted…fortunately, we have affordable beans that are fresh.  And after all, if you are going to have an addiction, vanilla beans are a good addiction!!!