Here’s the scoop. Last summer, I made my very first batch of the toasted-oat, yummy goodness. You may wonder why would I go through all that trouble when I could just walk to the store and buy a box? Well, I couldn’t justify the amount of money to pay for the commercial stuff, because, frankly, it isn’t all that good. And if you grab a box with raisins, yuck! I am not disrespecting the raisin, but let’s face it: the raisins found in a box of granola are so hard to chew, it feels like they are pulling the fillings right out of my teeth.
I glanced at a recipe that was on joyofbaking.com, which looked really simple, and I modified it to my liking.
It is so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it before…
Super Awesome Granola
3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of coconut
1 cup of sliced almonds
¼ cup of wheat germ
½ tablespoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)
¼ cup of maple syrup
¼ cup of honey
1 cup of dried fruit (I usually use cherries or cranberries)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, almonds, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt.
In a small bowl, mix together oil, syrup and honey.
Pour the liquid over dry ingredients, and mix to coat. Spread into prepared pan, and bake 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. Stir every 10-15 minutes. The more it browns, the crunchier it will be. Cool on a wire rack. It will crisp up as it dries, so break up any large clumps while mixture is warm. Add dried fruit and mix well. Place in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator.
Have you attempted to make granola before? If so, how did it turn out?
© 2012 – Lynne Cobb