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Prep 10 mins
Cook 22 mins
This granola has as much fruit and nuts as it does oats. While most people love this as a nutritional powerhouse for breakfast, I use it as a pick-me-up snack in the afternoon. The fruit and nuts seems to boost my energy very well.
- 8 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 3⁄4 cup canola oil
- 3⁄4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped raw pecans
- 1 cup chopped raw walnuts
- 1 cup chopped raw almonds
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit of your choice, i.e. apples, pineapple, apricots, etc.)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, syrup, molasses, salt and cinnamon.
- Place the oats in a large bowl and mix in the oil/syrup until oats are thoroughly coated.
- Spread the oats in a thin layer on 2 or 3 cookie sheets.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Stir the oats on the sheets.
- Add the nuts to the oats on the cookie sheets and bake for 12 more minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
- In a large bowl, mix the baked oats and nuts with all the chopped dried fruit.
- Keep in an air tight container.
- Does not have to be refrigerated.
This is wonderfully delicious! I halved the recipe and used corn oil instead of canola. I didn't have much maple syrup, so I used some pancake syrup with maple syrup in it. I used dried cherries instead of cranberries. I could just eat this for a snack right out of my hand! Thanks for a yummy treat!!!
I've never been a granola eater but have wanted to make some for my daughters as a healthy snack/breakfast alternative. After, this was done, I sampled and to be blunt, they almost didn't get any. This is terrific stuff. I am a convert!! I actually have to go back to the store and get more stuff to make another batch!! I did not have canola oil so used plain veggie oil. I also used toasted almonds I found in the fresh fruit section of my grocery store. Added half way through. I only had a 1/2 T. cinnamon on hand so really didn't get the full dose of that, didn't miss it. Still cinnamony. Thanks for posting!!
I wanted to try making my own granola (store-bought can be SO expensive and not-so-fresh-tasting) and thought it would be a good idea to start with a recipe called "The BEST." It definately lives up to its name! Not overly sweet, I had it every morning this week with a little milk or over yogurt. The recipe made enough to send some home with my mother, boyfriend AND a classmate! I added extra nuts and omitted the dried fruit, and the results were JUST what I was hopipng for.