This granola is a great way to add healthy rolled oats and nuts to your diet. It is a great alternative to prepared cereals packed with sugar, hydrogenated oils and mystery ingredients. It can easily be adapted to include your preferred ingredients. My husband and I eat this often as a before-bed snack. I like it best served with bananas or strawberries and drenched with milk. I also like it over plain yogurt and fresh fruit. It is much easier to make using a large stainless steel bowl instead of the pan or cookie sheet that some recipes suggest. Please note that if you are looking for a very rich, sweet granola with clusters of oats, this recipe is not for you. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DRIED FRUIT MUST BE ADDED AFTER COOKING. A REVIEWER STATED THAT THE RECIPE HAD BEEN FOLLOWED TO THE LETTER AND HER FRUIT BURNT. THE RECIPE CLEARLY STATES NOT TO COOK THE FRUIT. THANK YOU.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large oven-proof bowl or pan, melt butter in oven.
- After butter is melted, add honey and cinnamon and mix well until cinnamon is dissolved into the honey and oil.
- Add the oats, nuts, and coconut if desired.
- Mix until the oats and nuts are well coated with honey and butter/oil.
- Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until oats and nuts are well toasted, stirring frequently.
- Allow to cool and add dried fruit and store in an airtight container. This stores for at least a month in the pantry and much longer in the refrigerator.
- I generally triple or quadruple this recipe. Cooking time is considerably longer. Just make sure you stir at least every fifteen minutes.
- Oil may be substituted for butter. Wheat germ can also be added but tends to make the texture grainy.