I love granola and am pretty sure that I have always loved it. I was never much into the chewy granola bars, I loved the crunchy more sturdy ones. I always felt oh so healthy when eating granola. It’s oats and nuts and sometimes fruit! How can that be bad?
I also always purchased granola because for some reason I had it in my head that it was hard to make. Eventually I started realizing how much money I was spending on granola because granola is flipping expensive! I also became aware of how much sugar was in the granola. I’m not a big sugar person anyway and when I realized just how much sugar is in manufactured granola, I sort of silently freaked out. I personally don’t want or need that much sugar in my life.
It was at this point that I started making my own granola. It was a rocky start that resulted in plenty of burnt batches. Lesson learned, granola is a project of love. Slow, easy, and steady will get you the results you want. Aggression and haste will just leave you frustrated and unsatisfied. None of us want that!
Andrea’s Homemade Granola
- 4C Old Fashioned Oats
- 2TBSP Light Olive oil
- 1/4C Maple Syrup
- 3tsp of ground cinnamon
- Fresh grated nutmeg, to taste (I do about 1/2 tsp)
- 1C each crushed raw pecans and raw walnuts
- 1/2C Unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1C dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine, oats, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, oil and maple syrup. It takes about 3 minutes of stirring for everything to combine. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
On a large cookie sheet, line with foil and spray with nonstick spray (or use a mister with oil of your choice). Dump oat mixture onto the cookie sheet and spread out. Place in the oven and stir the mixture about every 10 minutes. Bake the oat mixture for about 25-30 minutes. The last five minutes of baking, mix in the coconut.
When the granola is browned and crispy remove from oven and allow to cool. About 15 minutes. When the granola is cooled, mix in the cranberries. Store the granola in an airtight container. Mixture keeps for ages so no worries about it turning on you.
Once I started making my own granola, I have turned into a huge granola snob. Either I don’t care for the taste of other granolas or the ingredient list isn’t something that appeals to me. Recently I came across some granola that had powdered milk as an ingredient. Wha the what? Why in the world is there powdered milk in granola?
So yeah, I’m totally picky now.
This is a loose granola. This granola will not provide you with big cluster pieces. In order to get that kind of granola, a lot of oil and liquid sugars are needed and that’s not something I’m down with. If that’s what you like, feel free to up the oil and maple syrup amounts and see what happens.
This granola is awesome with yogurt, sprinkled on top of oatmeal, or even salads. In fact I’m currently out and need to make more! I suppose I should get moving. The smell of baking granola is amazing and instantly makes the house that much cozier.