Addison Choate Granola Ingredients
5 cups quick-cooking oats
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup maple syrup
1 cup oat bran
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup raisins
Granola is a great way to start the day, it’s healthy, delicious, economical and filling. These benefits are all compounded when it’s made in your home kitchen where you can control the ingredients.
We knew that we wanted to serve granola as a part of our breakfast, so we set out on a trek into the wilderness of the world wide web in search of a suitable solution.
Shortly into our research, we serendipitously stumbled upon the recipe for Addison Choate Granola in the venerable Farmer’s Almanac. It seems that it’s been a favorite amongst guests of our Rockport MA Inn for many years.
We absolutely loved the history of the recipe and, at this point, it appeared preordained that we would try our hand at recreating Addison Choate Granola!
We followed the original recipe a couple of times, to establish a benchmark, and it came out great. But we are now recommending a few minor tweaks to improve upon this time-tested recipe.
First, we adjusted the oats in the Addison Choate Granola Recipe from 6 cups down to 5 cups, which provides more balance in the mixture. Although the yield is lower, we think that it’s a higher quality yield.
We also added in Maple Syrup which helps to improve the binding of the ingredients and recommend being generous with both your cinnamon and vanilla. We also had trouble finding “pepita seeds” and so we substituted pumpkin seeds and found that those worked out very well.
Making granola is so easy and so rewarding. To start, you just have to combine all of the ingredients (except the raisins) into a bowl. Mix the ingredients together into a bowl until all of the ingredients are well coated.
Transfer the mixture onto a large roasting pan that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray. Pat the ingredients down firmly. Then bake in a 325-degree oven for 35 – 40 minutes (depending on how hot your oven runs).
Sit back, put on some coffee, and enjoy the warm aroma that fills your kitchen.
Remove tray from the oven and let cool for approximately 1 hour. Then add in raisins or other dried fruit to your liking and transfer to a container, of your choosing, for storage.
The recipe itself could not be much easier and it makes 10+ cups of granola. And, if properly stored, the granola will remain fresh for weeks.
Tip One: Before placing the granola-filled tray into the oven, it is important that you firmly pat down the granola on the tray.
Tip Two: When removing the granola from the oven, it is important that you let it rest and cool down for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The combination of these two steps will help to ensure that your granola clumps up nicely and doesn’t come out with the consistency of horse feed.
And, whatever you do, please resist the urge to break of a tasty nugget when it comes out of the oven. Trust us, it will annihilate your tongue.
Did you know that the first granola was invented in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson? He was the director of a sanitorium (the equivalent of today’s health spa). He called his creation “granula.” The term came from the Latin word for grain (granum).
In 1878 John Harvey Kellog (yep that Kellog) brought granula back at his own sanitorium. James Caleb Jackson was not pleased and, after a legal dispute, Kellog changed the named of his cereal to granola. And granola was officially born.
We hope that you enjoyed our Addison Choate Granola recipe! If you are thinking about getting away for the weekend we would absolutely love to host you in our newly renovated Rockport MA hotel.
If you are thinking about getting away for the weekend we would absolutely love to host you in our newly renovated Rockport MA hotel.
Our boutique hotel has 7 comfortable, luxurious rooms that feature fully renovated marble bathrooms, new beds and mattresses that are like sleeping on air, and a convenient location right in the heart of Rockport Massachusetts so you can walk to the shops of Bearskin Neck, art galleries, beaches, and Shalin Liu Performance Center.
There is so much to do and experience in Rockport and it’s just a short car ride or train ride from Boston.