I really love granola but always have trouble finding a store-bought granola that I love, which means I generally end up making my own. I ran across this recipe on CDKitchen.com recently and am so in love with it. It has everything I love about granola, the perfect sweetness, a hint of cinnamon and a wonderful crunch. If I could think of one negative thing, it would be that it doesn’t clump together which makes my impulsive handfuls a bit hard to
shove into transfer to my mouth but if you are eating it with a spoon (or in yogurt), it is perfect! I guess it didn’t really stop me from eating it all day long yesterday but IF I had to think of something to complain about, that would be it.
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 and 1/2 cups nuts, I used 1/2 slivered almonds, 1/2 sunflower seeds
1 and 1/2 cups dried fruit, I used Craisins and golden raisins but dried cherries, strawberries, cherries, apples, or mangoes would all be wonderful
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
In a bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a small saucepan, warm the oil and honey (measure your oil first so the measuring cup will have a nice non-stick coating for the honey.) Whisk in vanilla. It will separate easily but will all get mixed together when added to dry ingredients.
Spread granola in a 15×10 inch baking sheet (cookie sheet).
Bake for 35-40 minutes at 225 degrees, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. This is very important or your oats will burn, especially toward the end. Keep a close watch on it for the last 5 minutes. Mine only baked for 35 minutes and it was perfect.
Stir in dried fruit. When cooled completely, add chocolate chips. Seal in an airtight container. This freezes well too.