One of my favorite recipes is homemade granola. Yes, I know you can buy it anywhere and everywhere. But it’s so easy to make a large batch and it will keep for such a long time if you store it properly, why not make your own? You can put exactly what you want in it, so it’s custom made just for you!
Here’s my basic granola recipe:
- 5 cups old-fashioned oats (not instant oatmeal)
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- ¾ cup honey
- ¾ cup canola oil
- Dried fruit (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray or oil a large pan. In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and stir together. In a small bowl, mix together the honey and oil until well blended (sometimes I use a whisk and sometimes I use a mixer for this). Add the honey/oil mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly. Place the mixture in the large pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes. It is important to stir the mixture often, otherwise it will bake unevenly. And depending on your oven and the humidity in the air, you may have to bake the granola longer. It’s done when it’s a golden brown color and feels very dry when stirred.
Make the Recipe Your Own
Let the granola sit in the pan to cool and continue stirring periodically. When mixture is cool, add dried fruits to the mix. I use raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, or dried cherries. Store the granola in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Instead of dried fruit, you can add fresh fruit to your granola, or serve it topped with yogurt.
You can mix and match any seeds and nuts you want- I’ve made granola with cashews, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds. I’ve also varied the amount of nuts and seeds, based on what were available in my pantry. This is one recipe that always turns out great!