Cook This: Homemade Granola.
The granola at the market is always a bit too expensive and a bit too sweet for my taste. I started making my own just last year and then it fell out of rotation. My almost-five year old has been asking for granola of late so I decided to make it again tonight. I always forget how easy it is.
- 3 cups organic rolled oats- gluten free if you choose not to do gluten
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 6 TBSP canola oil* or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup any old chopped nuts
- 1/2 cup any old chopped nuts of another sort
- 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit, less if you want less sugar
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (we get recycled parchment paper from the local coop.)
3. In large bowl mix oats, cinnamon and salt.
4. In medium bowl mix honey, vanilla and oil.
5. Slowly mix the honey mixture into the oats. I like to use my hands to make sure that all the oats are coated well with the liquid.
6. Pour the mixture onto the two baking sheets and arrange in a thin layer. Bake for 7 minutes or until just golden brown. Pull the trays out and sprinkle nuts on the oat mixture then toss with a spatula and rearrange into a thin layer again. Bake another 3-5 minutes and pull out when golden brown.
7. Let cool then sprinkle on the raisins and flax seeds.
We store ours in a canning jar, though it is usually gone in a few days! Although we don’t eat dairy I would recommend sprinkling a bit on plain goat milk yogurt if you do.
*Please note you should ALWAYS keep vegetable oils in the fridge. If you have any in the cabinet throw it away. Now.