I’ve been on a granola kick lately. I used to make it a lot when the kids were younger, but got away from that. Then my daughter made this granola for us that we really liked and inspired me to start again. Got her recipe and then made some changes just because I could. I’ve made this a few times and it’s gone over quite well. I had searched the Internet for recipes, but they all had too much oil and/or sweetener in them. So this is what I came up with…
UPDATE: Updated 8/26/17 to reflect my current use of ingredients.
- 8-9 cups Old-Fashioned Oatmeal
- 1 1/2 cups natural whole almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or use 2 c almonds)
- 1 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
- 2/3 – 3/4 cup roasted unsalted pumpkin seeds
- 2 rounded Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/3 cup REAL Maple Syrup
- 1 – 2 cups dried fruit – I’ve used cherries, raisins, currents
Put it Together
- In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, seeds, nuts, cinnamon, salt
- In a small bowel combine oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Pour the syrup mixture over the cereal mixture. Mix thoroughly to coat everything.
- pour in two cake pans and spread out evenly.
- Bake at 260 degrees for 1 1/2 hours… stir every 30 minutes to bake evenly.
- Remove from oven and put granola into large bowl. Let cool. Add dried fruit and store in containers.
I put this on my yogurt/fresh fruit mixture for breakfast. My son likes to eat it by the handful as a snack.
There is room for a lot of variation in the recipe…. you could use a mixture of grains, add some flax meal. Substitute walnuts for the pecans. Use honey instead of maple syrup…. you get the picture :-).