Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
I got tired of buying granola that never stayed fresh! I went in search of a good recipe and practiced until I got something I really liked! So yummy in muffins and with yogurt.
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1⁄2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pecans, cherries, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine oil, honey, and sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle syrup over oat mixture; toss with a wooden spoon. Pour granola onto sheet pan and spread evenly. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden (about 25 minutes). Let granola cool completely on a wire rack. Break it into chunks and store in an airtight container.
This was really good! I've never made granola before, and I think I will be using this recipe again! I did skip the coconut, out of personal preference, and used walnuts in place of pecans, as they were on hand. When boiling the sugar, oil and honey together, I couldn't make the oil incorporate, for the life of me. I just knew that it wasn't going to work. I was pleasantly surprised! I used a sil-pat sheet and did stir it at around 15 minutes, before pressing it flat. I was hoping for some crunchiness. I GOT some crunchiness, and lots of flavor and I'm just a little impressed with myself! ;-) But especially you kittycatmom, who persevered in your quest! I think you could throw your faves in, i.e. sunflower seeds, dried banana chips or whatever, and the basics of this recipe would hold true! Thanks so much for sharing!