Last weekend, my friends served me delicious homemade granola.
I didn’t want to bother them by asking for the recipe.
I figured I could come pretty close figuring it out on my own.
The great thing about granola is you can serve it so many different ways.
My friends served me a sliced nectarine in milk with a small amount of granola sprinkled over the top.
(Granola is high in calories so, for most of us, it’s wise not to consume huge quantities at one sitting.)
You can use it as a topper on fruit, ice cream, and/or frozen yogurt.
You can sprinkle a little on top of pancakes or waffles.
In any case, I decided to experiment and make some of my own.
It’s a very easy recipe so I thought I’d share it with all of you.
It’s easily modified so feel free to include, or exclude, certain items based on your particular tastes.
iPhone photo of the granola I made this week
• 3 cups oats (not the instant/quick cook kind)
• 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
• 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/3 cup honey (some people prefer maple syrup)
• 1/4 cup coconut oil (you can substitute vegetable oil)
• 1 tsp vanilla
• Dried fruit. Some options are: raisins, cherries, apples, dates, cranberries, blueberries, shredded coconut, etc.
• Nuts and seeds. Some options are: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds, chopped pecans, walnuts, cashews, etc.
Preheat oven to 300F.
In one bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
In a smaller bowl stir together the honey, coconut oil and vanilla.
Combine the two bowls together and mix thoroughly with your hands.
Spread the granola mixture into a thin layer on a baking sheet.
(I used a Silpat baking sheet on mine.)
Bake on the middle rack of your oven for about 10 minutes and then stir.
Continue baking for 5-15 minutes longer until the granola is lightly browned.
Let the baking sheet cool on a wire rack.
The granola will harden some.
You can crumble it with your hands.
Add the nuts/seeds/dried fruit and toss to combine.
Homemade granola can be safely stored at room temperature (for about two weeks) in a tupperware-like container.