Beer Granola

19 Jul

It’s time for another recipe as a product of homebrewing! Yes, I’m still making and kegging beer, because who doesn’t want a nice brew on tap in their own kitchen?! Besides, having five gallons of beer at the ready is an excellent reason to have friends over.

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Now that I’ve kegged my latest IPA, it’s time to share the delicious granola that I made from the spent grain! If you recall from other such posts, grain is one of the four main ingredients in all beer. You steep any variety of toasted, crushed grain in a huge pot of water, to extract the sugars, flavor, and color. Then, you add hops, malt extract, and even flavoring. Yeast gets mixed in before fermentation, and then it sits.

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On an industrial scale, brewers often donate or sell their spent grain to farmers as feed for livestock. On the smaller side of production, like homebrewing, there isn’t enough grain to do a lot with, except to use in cooking! Check out the spent grain curry burgers I frequently make, or these delicious spent grain waffles which are perfect for breakfast.

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This time, I took it a step further. Spent grain is first dried, then combined with oats, nuts, coconut, seeds, and spices. Then, I took a can of sweet, nutty brown ale and reduced it down in a small pot on the stove. The syrupy result helps to cut down on the amount of sugar, while maintaining the cluster effect that makes granola so amazing. Stir in some coconut oil, applesauce, and maple syrup, and you’ve got yourself a huge pan ready for the oven.

This granola tastes great on its own, or eaten with nondairy milk and sliced bananas. Or berries. Or maybe chocolate chips if you’re feeling decadent. Perhaps all of the above!

Not a brewer? No worries – just replace the spent grain with more old-fashioned oats. The beer reduction is cooked long enough that only trace amounts of alcohol remain, so your whole family can enjoy this hearty breakfast. Oh, and this is completely and naturally vegan! How simple is that 😉

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Makes 10 cups

  • 4 C dried, spent grain from brewing
  • 2 C old-fashioned oats (if you don’t have spent grain, use 6 cups of oats instead)
  • 2 C raw almonds, chopped (or any mix of raw nut you desire, like cashews, walnuts, pecans, peanuts)
  • 2 C shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 C raw pumpkin seeds (and/or sunflower seeds)
  • 1/4 C sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp all-spice
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C coconut oil, melted
  • 1 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 C maple syrup
  • 1 16oz can nut brown ale, reduced to 3/4 C

Make sure your spent grain is already dried out for this. Do so by spreading spent grain in a thin layer on a baking sheet and placing in the oven on its lowest temperature setting for 7 hours. If you’ve already done this, or want to use all oats, skip to the next step.

Pour the can of beer into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer until the liquid has reduced down in size and has a thicker consistency. This will take about one hour. Note that the style of beer DOES matter: do not choose a hoppy beer, but instead stick with beers that are malty like a brown ale or nut brown ale. I went with The Dude’s Brewing Company “Grandma’s Pecan English Style Brown Ale.” Because of the amount of time in the pot, and then later in the oven, the alcohol is all cooked off from the beer and what’s left is all flavor.

Now, preheat your oven to 300 and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together, then mix in the melted coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, and beer reduction. Mix really well, then spread in a thin layer on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for one hour, stirring after 30 minutes, and swapping pans from top to bottom in the oven.

Let cook completely on wire racks. Store the cooled granola in airtight containers. This will make a huge batch of granola, so freeze some if you think you won’t eat it all in a week. Enjoy with your favorite dairy-free yogurt or milk and berries, bananas, or dried fruit!

7 Responses to “Beer Granola”

  1. Diana July 19, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Yay me…I have had this (thank you!) and like it by the spoon-fulls…straight up! Great before a hard workout…or just a treat!

  2. xtinaluvspink July 19, 2018 at 9:16 am #

    So glad you love it!

  3. Abbey Sharp July 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    What a fun recipe! My husband would love this!

  4. Rebecca | Nourish Nutrition Co July 19, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    this looks delicious! & fun

  5. Jessica Fishman Levinson July 19, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    This is such a great idea! Looks delicious too!

  6. Emily @Sinful Nutrition July 20, 2018 at 6:39 am #

    How creative! I can’t say I’ve ever had beer granola before! 😀

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