I made this to go along with Christmas baskets and used cranberries instead of raisins for more of a holiday feel. This was received very well. Great with almond milk poured over top! Thanks for a great granola recipe without a bunch of crazy ingredients!! UPDATE: I have made this again and used applesauce instead of the oil and it really worked. Couldn't tell a difference and it was a bit healthier. Also, used raisins this time and subbed walnuts for cashews & it was absolutley enjoyable!! Thanks again!!
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet - it has become a standard for me. LOVE this recipe. I do change it up a bit as I don't like granola with fruit (subtract the raisins) and I prefer a simple "almond joy" feel to the granola so also subtract the cashews. I usually put in at least 3T of chia seeds and either 3T of flax seeds or ground flaxseed meal to add to the nutrition as well. I don't like maple syrup so I've made it with both agave nectar and honey in place of the maple syrup and either way is marvelous.<br/><br/>******************* Infinitely adaptable recipe - it's truly GOOD EATS! ***************************** Added to this review YEARS LATER (it's still our very favorite granola) Weird tip for amazing cookies: Use 1 cup of this granola (again, I make it plus chia/flax and minus cashews and raisins) to replace 1 cup of flour in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for a light and crispy change of pace.
Wow!!! Delicious! I varied the nuts (walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds), used corn syrup since we were out of honey, added some vanilla & cinnamon and only stirred once (I was afraid it would break up too much?). It is so light and crunchy. Thank you for sharing!
Terrific! With a busy weekend of sooccer tournament games ahead, I thought I'd make this for some quick, healthy breakfasts. I used pecans instead of almonds and cashews and used dried cranberries instead of raisins. I also added some chopped, dried mango and the finished granola is delicious! I will definitely make this again; the flavor and crunch are perfect. I'm looking forward to eating this tomorrow morning. This recipe is a keeper; it will be interesting to try again with different dried fruit variations!
Perfect granola! I only had unsweetened coconut, so added an extra two Tbs brown sugar. Only had to stir it twice. LOVE this! thanks
Absolutely fabulous!! Yummmm!
This was my Christmas giveaway this year---I think I made about 15 gallons of it! And the compliments are pouring in---absolutely everyone loves it, and it makes a nice change from the surfeit of cookies and cakes, while at the same time counting as a "sweet" treat! Like other reviewers, I played around with the fruit---mixed the raisins with dried cranberries and cherries. I also added vanilla and almond extracts, which really made the flavor pop. My husband, a huge cereal fan, also gives this five stars!
Very, very good. Definitely a keeper! I omitted the cashews (only because I didn't have them) and the raisins. I thought each individual could add the raisins as they liked. My kids won't eat them in cereal so I couldn't add to the whole batch. I added Craisins instead to mine. Next time I will try one less Tbs of sugar as I thought this was every so slightly too sweet for me.
This stuff is great! Love it with milk as a cereal or by the handful as a snack by itself or over bananas or yogurt. If your family isn't into "healthy" eating, try them on this one. Sometimes it doesn't last 3 days at my house and my husband can't stand anything healthy! Portion size is probably correct if using it as a cereal. Need to cut it in 3rds if using as a topping or in small handfuls. Works well with a variety of dried fruits and/or nuts (I've tried cranberries, blueberries, cherries, and pecans).
I tried substituting applesauce for the oil and it was too dry. It could be a little sweeter.I will try a little demara sugar instead of brown sugar.