Pomegranate Granola and Syrup

Crunchy Pomegranate Granola and Syrup #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

If you are a food blogger then you probably know the kind people at POM Wonderful. Not only do they sell a delicious product but they like to get it in the hands of food bloggers so we can talk about it (we are kind of not very quiet about our food opinions). So when I was asked if I wanted a case of POM Wonderful to sample I was excited to accept. This is not a paid endorsement; they simply gave me the product to try and give my honest opinion. I quickly went to work on replacing the water in many recipes with POM Wonderful – it was a good week for breakfast in our home. This is a jam-packed blog post today with a bonus recipe…so keep reading to the end!

Crunchy Pomegranate Granola and Syrup #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

I remember the first time I tried pomegranate arils (seeds). I was in fourth grade and someone in my class had just taken a trip to somewhere where pomegranates were grown – okay I admit that the details are a little fuzzy but I still remember the big picture. She brought the fruit in to share with the class and I was smitten with this new idea of eating the actual seeds of a fruit instead of the flesh. I still love them today and have recently started enjoying pomegranate juice.<

Crunchy Pomegranate Granola and Syrup #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

This granola is sweet and fruity. I loved that you could taste the POM juice in the background of every bite. But don’t let this recipe scare you off if you don’t like pomegranate- it can be replaced by any juice or even water. I also used coconut oil for the first time in this recipe and I am convinced that this is the reason my granola finally produced the texture that I’ve been looking for. If you’ve never baked with coconut oil I suggest that you go get yourself some. I found it in the organic foods section of my grocery store. Coconut oil comes in solid form but becomes liquid at 75 degrees. I simply squished the coconut oil through my fingers and let it drip into the bowl – how fun is that?!

Crunchy Pomegranate Granola and Syrup #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

I tend to be more of a dumper than a measurer when it comes to granola. But I promise you that I measured this time and the results were delicious- crunchy and clumpy with just a hint of cinnamon and fruit throughout. As you can tell from my pictures I chose to eat my granola piled up on top of waffles and drizzled with Pomegranate Syrup. Oh yes I suggest you do the same. It will be a good week for breakfast in your home too.

This granola recipe would not have been nearly the success it was without Amanda from I am Mommy and Sylvie from Gourmande in the Kitchen. With their tips you should be able to have success in all of your granola-making endeavours. Thank you, ladies!

Pomegranate Granola and Syrup Recipe

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Ingredients:

For the Granola:

  • 2 Cups rolled oats (old fashion oats)
  • 2 Cups quick oats
  • ½ Cup wheat germ
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ Cup coconut oil
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons POM Wonderful Pomegranate juice*
  • ½ Cup honey
  • 1 Cup dried fruit (I used pomegranate, blueberries, and cherries)

For the Syrup:

  • ½ Cup maple syrup
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons POM Wonderful Pomegranate juice 

Directions:

For the Granola:

  1. Preheat oven to 250. Combine oats, wheat germ, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  2. Measure out ½ cup of solid coconut oil. Using your hands scoop small batches out of the cup and press it together with your palms over the granola bowl. Coconut oil becomes liquid at 75 degrees so it will melt in the warmth of your hands. Of course you could melt it on the stovetop but this way is SO much more interesting and fun.
  3. In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, juice (or water), vanilla, and honey. You can heat this mixture in the microwave if desired before pouring it over the granola. I sometimes heat it if my honey is too thick and not mixing well.
  4. Spread granola out over 2 large rimmed, greased baking sheets. Use your hands to form clumps of granola if you like it chunky.
  5. Bake at 250 for 20 minutes.
  6. Stir. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

For the Syrup:

  1. Combine all ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Pour over granola and/or waffles.

Notes:

  • You can substitute any fruit juice or just use water if you prefer.
- Katrina

47 Responses to “Pomegranate Granola and Syrup”

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    kitchenarian — May 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I am a big fan of POM’s pomegranate juice. It is always in my refrigerator. This looks delicious; I can’t wait to try it.

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    Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini — May 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    We’re not big syrup eaters here, but oh my yum – that Granola looks amazing! I have been wanting to try to make more, and I think I just found the recipe!

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    thepickyeater — May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    the images look so tempting…..wish i could js reach out n eat em 😉

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    Audra — May 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I want this for breakfast right now! I love the pom syrup idea too! I can think of so many uses for that in my kitchen. Well done Katrina!!

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    Apron Appeal — May 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t know if you noticed…but that granola didn’t have NUTS in it. That is amazing! I’ll try pom juice. I’m already a big fan of coconut oil, I use it to sub out oil or butter in almost all my recipes to eliminate the dairy. It works well…most the time.

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    Belinda @zomppa — May 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    What a wonderful breakfast to wake up to here!

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    Fresh and Foodie — May 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Looks great! I love the idea of granola on top of waffles.

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    Carolyn — May 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Ooo, girl, love what you did with your case of POM! Great granola, and syrup.

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — May 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    What a fabulous breakfast or lunch or dinner!

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    wendyweekendgourmet — May 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Yummy…love your pom-infused syrup! I must make this, and soon. I had never eaten a pomegranate or drank the juice until I hosted a POM Wonderful dinner party last Nov. I’m now a huge convert…I froze a big bag of the arils before my poms went bad, and I love to buy the juice now. It makes a great spritzer w/diet Sprite!

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    Chris's Gourmet Fashion — May 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Yum pomegranites with granola. What a great idea. Don’t you just love those pomegranites.

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    Food Glorious Food! — May 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    amazing idea! They just look so yummy and colorful!

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — May 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Sounds so lovely Katrina! I love POM Wonderful! I still haven’t perfected my granola recipe, but it’s close!

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    Lauren — May 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Yum…What great pictures! Love POM Wonderful juices…so yummy 🙂 What a fantastic idea to have the granola on top of a waffle….

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    Megan @ Pip and Ebby — May 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! I love anything pomegranate. What a great idea for a recipe!!

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    Erin — May 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I love POM, and this syrup with the granola sounds wonderful! And it looks pretty too! I am partial to making POM into a simple syrup, putting a little in the bottom of a champagne class, and topping with champagne – yum!

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    shabs — May 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    What a wonderful breakfast that would be , it looks amazing katrina .

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    Wendy Irene — May 31, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Love the POM ideas! I have a big bottle in my fridge that now I have some inspiration for. Thank you 🙂

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    Shawn — May 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Super inventive! I’m definitely trying your granola and syrup.

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    Parsley Sage — May 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Oooh! Thanks for including the syrup. That sounds lovely!

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    kita — May 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    You never mentioned that it was a pomegranate granola!! This sounds great. I also have a jar of coconut oil that I have to experiment with and I have been scratching to come up with something to try it on!

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    Butrcreamblondi — May 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    What a fabulous breakfast! The syrup sounds divine!

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    sweetcarolinescooking.com — May 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    This looks absolutely spectacular. Such a great breakfast idea. I love POM!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 1, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Thanks for the mention. 🙂 I must try this, I adore pomegranates, and I can imagine it would give the granola a great flavor. And that syrup just looks and sounds so tempting!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — June 1, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Wow this looks amazing!!! Love that syrup!

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    Bria @ West of Persia — June 1, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Pomegranates are a big part of many Persian recipes, and my childhood memories. Love the fruit, and your use of the POM juice looks lovely.

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    Eliotseats — June 1, 2011 at 2:39 am

    What a great memory of your first taste of pomegranate. I love granola and will try this recipe soon. I have a favorite POM gelato recipe to share with you: http://eliotseats.com/?p=443 (Pomegranate Green Tea Gelato) Thanks for this recipe and post.

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    Maureen — June 1, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Arils? I have always called them “red globes of joy” lol. Now I have a new word for my vocabulary, although.. I still like my original phrase.

    These photos make me hungry!

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    Correen — June 1, 2011 at 4:14 am

    I’m a crunchy food lover and I’ve loved pomegranate since I was a little girl too! Great picks and even yummier recipes! 😉

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    The Harried Cook — June 1, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I love granola and pomegranate, and this sounds great. Love the red syrup in those pictures! Beautiful… Thanks for sharing!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    What a good idea for using the POM! And now I really want waffles:-)

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — June 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Oh my does this look amazing!! I wish I had this for breakfast right now. 🙂

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    Averie — June 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    mmm, this looks wonderful but being a huge popcorn fan, it’s your last post that REALLY has me excited 🙂

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    The Farmers Wife — June 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Wow, does that ever look incredible!! I just adore this recipe, and your Pom Syrup is spectacular. Love it!

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    Sprinkled with Flour — June 2, 2011 at 1:18 am

    This is a great topping for waffles! I definitely need to try this:)

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    Chef in Training — June 2, 2011 at 3:32 am

    YUM! I am definitely going to have to give this a try! it looks so good! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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    spcookiequeen — June 2, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Love that POM juice and making syrup with it is such a great use for it. Sounds like a great breakfast.
    -Gina-

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    Baking Serendipity — June 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I love the POM juice as well and this recipe! What a fantastic breakfast treat 🙂

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    Aarthi — June 3, 2011 at 5:09 am

    This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that
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    Lin Ann — June 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Yum, how did I miss this! Terrific recipe!!!

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    Katie — June 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Well that looks beyond delicious. Wow!

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook — June 4, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I have never eaten waffle this way. What a creative and delicious breakfast! Pomegranate is something I should try using more, like this way! Wonderful recipe!

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    Cake Duchess — June 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Love POM and your granola looks fantastic! I need to make this for breakfast tomorrow:)

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    lisamichele — June 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I remember the first time I even saw a pomegranate. A girl who hated me was eating one and called it a chinese apple. I asked her about it and she ignored me. So, asked mum and she bought me one. I bit into it like an apple. Yikes! Learned about the arils ‘only’ later on. Love this syrup, such a creative idea and it looks delicious! Love POM Wonderful 🙂 Congrats again on winning my giveaway!

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    Lindselicious — June 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I love the color this created! I havent cooked with POM before, but I do adore the juice. What a yummy looking idea!

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