I tend to eat this mostly as a snack, out of hand. Sometimes I’ll put a little in a bowl and add milk, for breakfast, or sprinkle it over vanilla yogurt.
Almost every time I make this granola, I change something, using what I have on hand. Feel free to change it around to suit you!
Pour 4 cups of old-fashioned oatmeal into a large roasting pan. Heat oats at 350F for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, stir, heat 5 minutes more.
- 1/3 cup maple syrup OR honey
- 1/4 cup oil (I usually use olive; it’s healthiest)
Remove from heat, cool, then add:
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional; I never seem to have it on hand)
- 1-2 cups chopped nuts (my choices: pecans, almonds – use your favorites)
- 1/2-1 cup seeds (my choices: sunflower seeds; flax seeds – add your fav.)
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- optional: 3/4 cup bran cereal (I’ve never added this but hear it is good)
Add to heated oats and mix thoroughly. Pour the honey-oil mixture over the oat mixture. Mix thoroughly.
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg powder
Return to oven, and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes for even browning.
Remove from oven and add any dried fruits that you like, such as raisins, dates, apricots, cranberries, cherries, etc. I most often use the granola without adding any fruits to it at all.
Mix thoroughly. Cool and store in an airtight container.
by Lori Seaborg