I love granola. I started with Nature Valley granola bars as a kid, and graduated to boutique granola that costs a small fortune. Well, no more expensive granola for me. I made an inexpensive granola last week and it tasted amazing. Like most things, homemade granola is light years better than store bought. I’m done buying granola.
Making granola lets me make it just how I like. I can control the sweetness and the ingredients. And it’s super easy to make. Making granola is not rocket science. Who knew?
Kate’s Oats ‘N Honey Granola Recipe
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup raw almonds cut as fine as you’d like
3/4 cup orange flavored cranberries
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup cooking oil – I used safflower oil once and olive oil another time
1/2 cup honey
- In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup chopped nuts and 2 cups of oats (don’t add the fruit just yet).
- Add 1/4 cup of cooking oil (I used safflower).
- Add 1/2 cup of honey.
- Stir until everything is coated with a sticky goo and pour in to a baking pan.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, it should be a nice golden brown.
- Return the baked granola, the oats and nuts, to your mixing bowl and add your dried fruit.
- Stir it all together and that’s it!
Try some granola warm, right out of the oven. It’s simply amazing. Once the granola has cooled, store it in an air tight container and nibble away. Granola is great straight up, with milk, or on top of yogurt. This granola was a big hit with my non-granola eating kids and my book club.
Variations that I tried and liked: shredded coconut, dried banana chips (chopped), dried blueberries, and currants. Next up, I want to try adding raw seeds and different nuts.
This recipe uses honey, but I’ve seen granola recipes that use maple syrup or a combination of the two. Experiment and see what you like.
What’s your favorite granola ingredient or recipe? Please share with a Comment.