If you’ve never made granola at home before, the time has come. It’s just so easy and so much better than what you can get at the store (for a reasonable price at least). Furthermore, when you make it at home, you have the freedom to put whatever you want in it, and that changes all the time for me. Sometimes I want almonds, sometimes I want pecans, and sometimes I want dried cherries, and sometimes I want raisins. Oh, and just a quick note, this is a loose granola. If you want the clumped kind, you need to add a lot more honey. Here’s how to make granola:
Yield: a sheet tray of granola, serves 6-8
3 cups rolled oats
1.5 cups sliced almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar + 2 tbsp
1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff, please)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup dried cherries
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
In a very large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, coconut, and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, whisk to combine the maple syrup, vegetable oil, honey, and salt.
Pour this liquid all over the oat mixture, and toss to coat evenly.
Spread the granola out onto a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring the mixture ever 15 minutes for even browning. Stir in the dried cherries once it’s done baking, and store in an airtight container when it’s cool. Enjoy!
Because I’m curious, what are you favorite ingredients in a granola???