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Granola

Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup wheat germ flaxseed, chia seeds, oat bran...
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds....
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup hazelnuts these are my favorite, but pecans, walnuts, pistachios....they all work
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup the darker, the better
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried fruit cherries are my favorite but any fruit works

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt.

  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the maple syrup and sugar and keep heating until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.

  4. Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is coated.

  5. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally so everything browns evenly. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

  6. Once cooled, add the dried fruit and mix to distribute evenly. Your granola can now be stored in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

As I mentioned above, granola is endlessly adaptable. This recipe gives you a basic idea of proportions of ingredients, but they are there to be altered. I'd probably leave the oats alone, but the nuts can be changed, or left out. You could use sunflower seeds. Change from cinnamon to mace. Use honey instead of maple syrup. Use the dried fruit you love the best, or have too much of in the house.