Whenever I see granola at the supermarket, I think about mixing up the flavors to make the ultimate combination. Maybe I want cranberries and not raisins, or coconut and almond. Well, by making my own granola I can make my own flavors, and I can save money, too. Make two trays worth of granola and freeze half of it.
Here’s a basic recipe to follow, but obviously you can add and subtract just about anything you want:
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup sunflower seeds (shelled, obviously)
- 1/2 shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (I used light)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff!)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Mix oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and sugar together and set aside.
- Combine the syrup, oil, honey, vanilla and salt.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ones, combining thoroughly.
- Spread evenly onto two baking pans and bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, mixing every 10 to 15 minutes to make sure it cooks evenly.
- Let cool and pour into a bowl.
- If there was dry fruit in this recipe, I would mix it in now.
Snack on plain granola, eat it with yogurt, as an ice cream topping, or with milk just like cereal.