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Crunchy Nutty Granola And Mary’s Secret Ingredient Box

Granola

Granola

I received my Spring Box of Mary’s Secret Ingredient from the lovely Mary Frances at Love the Secret Ingredient a while ago, my intention was to write a post about it and use the ingredients in a recipe and do that right away, Shortly after I received my box I started working for a different company, that has taken up a lot of my time and energy and I also became sick and had to alter my diet significantly. Any food I have made I have had to give away with only a tiny taste for me to check on seasoning. Included in my box were some really fantastic items:

Calmer Sutra Tea- Peppermyntie Tea and Ginger Infused Honey

Flathau’s Fine Foods Chipotle Cheese Straws

Harmonium Oregano from wild crafted plants

Loacker Quadratini’s Dark Chocolate

Nueskes Applewood smoked Landjaeger sausages

Sweetwater Spice Company Pineapple Habanero Jerk BBQ Bath Brine

I decided to use the ginger infused honey to make some granola and it is probably the best granola I have ever had. It’s my own recipe and have posted it here before with a few minor changes. The boney is incredibly delicious and very gingery (is that a word???) Well anyway it really tastes and smells like fresh ginger and drizzling on the granola before you bake infuses the flavor into some of it, so it’s like a surprise in every bite.

NOTE: The amounts are approximate, I don’t measure when I make granola. Β 

Marys secret ingredient

Marys secret ingredient

Ingredients:

Makes a lot of granola

Oats approximately 3 cups (Not quick cook) I used Quaker old fashioned

Almonds chopped or coarsely ground (approximately 1 1/2 cups)

pecans some whole some broken into pieces (approximately 1 1/2 cups)

Unsweetened Coconut flakes (approximately 1 1/2 cup)

Maple Syrup (approximately 1/2 cup)

Brown Sugar (approximately 1/2 cup packed)

olive oil (approximately 1/2 cup)

Ginger infused honey (about 2 heaping tbs)

Sea salt

Pour all ingredients except ginger infused honey into large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pre heat oven to 300 degree’s. Spread onto sheet pan and drizzle with the ginger infused honey. Bake stirring occasionally until golden brown. It takes about 30-40 minutes. Let cool on pan and then transfer to air tight container for storage.

 

Ginger honey

Ginger honey

71 Comments Post a comment
  1. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    Yum – that ginger infused honey sounds so yum! I saw this MSI box on another post too – these are such a great idea – those dark chocolate wafers sound amazing!

    May 19, 2014
    • The honey is incredible, really strong ginger flavor. The whole box is great Thanks so much.

      May 19, 2014
  2. Yum!

    May 19, 2014
  3. Sounds and looks amazing, Suzanne! I hope you are feeling better and I wish you all the best of luck for the new position. I know that changing company might require some time to adjust.

    May 19, 2014
    • Thanks Francesca, I am feeling a bit better now. It’s a huge adjustment going from a small company to one of the corporate giants but am getting used to it. Was very stressful for me.

      May 19, 2014
  4. Liz #

    brilliant turning the honey into granola πŸ™‚ I’ve only used mine on toast. Fun package to receive and I have you to thank! Will you also order her others? The coupon that came with the first box makes it tempting…

    May 19, 2014
    • Yes I am going to order the fall box. Skipping summer. I hardly cook. Thank you the honey is great on granola, also would be wonderful on toast or scones, YUM!

      May 19, 2014
  5. Perfect to make granola with the honey. Hope you are feeling better Suzanne!

    May 19, 2014
    • Thank you. The honey is perfect on the granola!! Yesterday was the last day of meds been on them for over 2 weeks. Fingers crossed.

      May 19, 2014
  6. I wish you lots of luck with your new job. I am sorry to hear that you have been sick, that’s tough dealing with the pressures of a new workplace and feeling poorly at the same time. I love granola and the ginger infused honey sounds great. Take care. πŸ˜‰

    May 19, 2014
    • Thank you, there is a lot to learn at the new workplace but it’s going well. I really do love granola and this recipe is delicious.

      May 19, 2014
  7. I didn’t realize you hadn’t been feeling well. Keep getting better. (My job makes me sick too. No, I know that’s not what you meant — I just couldn’t resist… because it really makes me sick! LOL)
    I can taste that granola. Yum! πŸ™‚

    May 19, 2014
    • My job does make me sick, literally the stress is killer. Thanks so much. I always take the time to read your posts/stories it somehow transports me and relieves the daily stress while I’m reading.

      May 19, 2014
  8. Antisocial Patty #

    That recipe looks great. I’m going to try it. I’ve been sick too! I hope you feel better soon. I’m finally feeling better, but I’m still afraid of eating anything except saltines. πŸ™‚

    May 19, 2014
    • I have been on a bland diet and it’s killing me, not even any wine now for over 2 weeks. I can however eat the granola, it’s really good. I hope you like it, it’s foolproof, super easy and delicious. Hope you feel better soon. I’ve gone through 2 sleeves of saltines already.

      May 19, 2014
      • Antisocial Patty #

        That sounds just like what I’m going through. Exocet in only a week in. E knew I was serious when I turned down chocolate yesterday! Hang in there lady!

        May 19, 2014
      • Thank you, you hang in too!

        May 19, 2014
  9. Delicious looking granola…I imagine that honey provided wonderful flavor! I hope you continue to feel better.

    May 19, 2014
    • Thank you so much Nancy. The granola is really good. Feeling better thanks.

      May 19, 2014
  10. Yum! This sounds delicious! I’m sorry about you dietary changes :-/ I’m sure that has been very stressful

    May 19, 2014
  11. Suzanne, take care and get well soon. Haven’t been on WP for eons. So much to catch up with.
    Your gingery granola sounds absolutely Yumm!

    May 19, 2014
    • I haven’t seen you in a while thank you so much for stopping by. It really is great granola thank you so much.

      May 19, 2014
  12. This recipe sounds amazing! I have to try this out in the calmer kitchen, the ginger honey adds such a great little kick to tea so I’m sure it’ll taste amazing on granola!

    I’ll have to send you some of our chai spiced honey for the fall so you can see if it also taste great over granola πŸ™‚ it’s also pretty tasty!

    May 19, 2014
    • This is the best honey I have had and the ginger is completely natural and so assertive. I am going to buy more. The granola is absolutely delicious and the honey gives it real personality! I would love to try the chai spiced honey. You have exceptional products.

      May 19, 2014
      • πŸ™‚ so happy to hear it, and so happy you had the chance to try a couple of our products! We’re offering a special discount in partnership with Mary’s Secret Ingredient so please do share the word. – 25% off online when using code MSI!

        Be on the lookout for a calmer pack with your name on it containg our chai spiced honey! All the best in your new job, and hope you’re feeling much better now. Cheers – Debra

        May 24, 2014
      • That’s fantastic and thank you so much. I had the peppermyntie tea tonight it’s amazing. I will look out for the package and can’t wait to try. Chai is delicious and chai flavored honey sounds do good. I will share with everyone about the discount. I am going to make something with the honey when I get it and do a post about and the honey, and I will let my readers know about the offer. Thank you again. I love your products.

        May 24, 2014
  13. Oh goodness – you’ve got a lot happening. Get well! The granola looks perfect and yes – I do believe that gingery is a legit word!

    May 19, 2014
    • Glad it’s a word because that is the best description of that delicious honey! It really made this granola special.thank you!

      May 19, 2014
  14. I have never made granola, but have wanted to do so for such a long time! Your recipe is genius-simple! Love it and I love all the ingredients! You’ve inspired me to get to work! Thanks, Suzanne and hope you’re feeling better soon…such a bummer when illnesses include food restrictions 😦

    May 20, 2014
    • I love making granola, it’s so easy and so much better than what you buy commercially prepared. I also love controlling whats in it and the sweetness. Thanks so much Christina, getting better but unfortunately the food restrictions are going to be for the rest of my life. :o(

      May 20, 2014
  15. So sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well, hope it passes soon! What a lovely box of secret ingredients…sounds perfect! I know I would love your granola πŸ™‚

    May 20, 2014
    • Thank you Laila, the granola is really good I hope you give it a go sometime.

      May 20, 2014
  16. I hope you feel better soon my friend, this granola would be a sure-fire remedy πŸ™‚
    You definitely inspire me!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    May 20, 2014
  17. Suzanne, your homemade granola sounds amazing. I’m ashamed to say I usually buy my granola, but your recipe sounds easy to make and full of great flavors!

    May 20, 2014
    • It really is easy to make and tastes so much better than commercially prepared granola. Thanks so much.

      May 20, 2014
  18. Totally in love with the peppermint tea. Have you tried it yet? Yum!!

    May 20, 2014
    • It’s the best peppermint tea ever, going to work on a recipe using it.

      May 20, 2014
  19. Nice! I wish I was more organised like this for breakfast. I like granola but have never bothered to make it. And I won’t buy shop-bought. Hmm, solo coffee probably isn’t the healthiest breakfast ever!

    May 20, 2014
    • I am not organized I wish I were. This is do easy and really delicious I love having it on hand. I have bought granola but have not found one I like. Thanks Johnny!

      May 20, 2014
  20. That honey sounds incredibly delicious Suzanne… and what a fabulous way to enjoy it – on homemade granola! This would go beautifully on my greek yoghurt each morning!

    May 21, 2014
    • Thank you that honey is incredible, they are an Australian company and the tea and everything is wonderful. The granola is really amazing with that honey drizzled on it, I love ginger and the honey is loaded with fresh ginger flavor. Thanks again Margot.

      May 21, 2014
  21. Sinfully Tempting #

    This looks delicious, I love the ingredients in it. And ginger infused honey sounds just amazing! πŸ™‚

    May 22, 2014
    • It is amazing, I love the honey so much so that I am wanting it in my tea every time I enjoy a cup, Thanks so much.

      May 22, 2014
  22. Ginger infused honey something new:) wil try

    May 22, 2014
  23. That’s great Suzanne, the addition of ginger honey is great, I bet the flavour of your home made granola is stunning!

    May 23, 2014
  24. Omg this sounds amazing! I am a huge lover of granola and make it weekly…several different flavors. I always love to add cinnamon to it and maple syrup of course is my go to sweetener. Your granola sounds delicious and pecans are my favorite nut that I use in my granola as well, it is so buttery and delicious. The ginger infused honey sounds incredible. Seriously, cinnamon is my alltime favorite flavor (I think tied with vanilla), but ginger is right up there. I love the depth and spiciness of it. Seriously, I just discovered crystalized ginger and OMG. I can’t wait to use it in a recipe now! I am writing an Ebook (free to my readers) that I have a granola recipe featuring coconut and molasses and almond butter and it is one of the best granolas I’ve ever made. The molasses and almond butter make it super moist and clump together beautifully. I’ll send you a free copy when I’m done with the book πŸ™‚

    May 25, 2014
    • Thank you so much and I can’t wait to see your e book. I have to try that granola with the almond butter and molasses, thats sounds amazing, but then all of your recipes are amazing.

      May 25, 2014
  25. Ooh, ginger infused honey…I am so intrigued. Your granola looks great, Suzanne. That would not last long in my house!

    May 26, 2014
    • Thank you, it didn’t last long here either. I have to make more when the weather cools down a bit. That ginger honey is amazing.

      May 26, 2014
      • I just had some ice cream and now I’m wishing I had some of that honey to drizzle on top! πŸ™‚

        May 26, 2014
      • Now you gave me an idea, I’ve got ice cream and I think it would be amazing drizzled on top. YUM, thanks for that!!

        May 26, 2014
  26. I keep wanting to make granola, but I never get to it. I know I simply must. There’s nothing like home made granola and yours looks just beautiful Suzanne. I do hope you’re feeling better! And I’m not sure if I’ve told you this before, with my being out of the loop for a few months, but the new look to your blog looks fabulous!

    May 26, 2014
    • l love granola, plan on another batch this week as soon as it cools down, Much too hot for the oven. I am feeling better. So glad to see you back Lidia!

      May 27, 2014
  27. I am so sorry to hear that you’ve been sick. Bah, sicknesses that affect the stomach are pretty horrible… I had gastro a few months back and it felt like I didn’t want any food for days (very unusual for me!). Hope that the new job is otherwise still going well! This granola sounds delicious. Granola is my staple breakfast at the moment, I’m eating it daily in various forms! Will definitely try this version. The secret ingredients look lovely, too… I’m intrigued by the tea and ginger honey! xx

    May 29, 2014
    • Calmer Sutra is an Australian company so they have to be pretty easy for you to find. I love the ginger honey and can’t wait to try the chai honey. Their tea is incredible also! Thanks so much, me too. Granola is something I eat almost every day, I made a batch yesterday using coconut oil rather than olive oil.

      May 29, 2014
  28. Love granola Suzanne– but am ginger-infused-honeyless. Think it would work with regular honey if I minced a bit of ginger and let it sit together overnight?

    May 30, 2014
    • Rhonda, yes I’m sure it would work , I wondered the same thing and thought if that. Let me know how it works. Thank you!

      May 30, 2014
      • OK, Suzanne– I’ll get a batch going…

        May 30, 2014
  29. Let me know how it goes Rhonda, thank you.

    May 30, 2014
  30. What a wonderful collection of foods in the Mary’s Secret Ingredient Box! Love that you used the honey to make granola. I never make my own granola, but really need to give it a try.

    May 30, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I was very excited to see your blog, just subscribed. Thank you again.

      May 30, 2014
  31. Thank you so much for your fabulous review, Suzanne! Your support has been a big part of making Mary’s Secret Ingredients a success. Your granola looks scrumptious!

    June 3, 2014
    • Thank you so much Mary Frances, that box was incredible. I am going to be ordering the Fall box and can’t wait to see what goodies you have for us then.

      June 3, 2014
  32. The honey sounds wicked. =) I soak my nuts and roast them on low bc nut oils are heat-sensitive, and in they go to the dehydrator. I pass on the oils for better digestion bc the nuts already have them. Wonderful post. Loojks yum!

    June 16, 2014
    • Thank you so much you are right the nuts have oil. Made a batch yesterday with some ground walnuts and that served as the oil along with the pecans pretty much added a smidge of coconut oil.

      June 16, 2014

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