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- Ready In:
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1⁄2 cup golden brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Position rack to middle of oven and preheat to 300*.
- Lightly spray large baking sheet with nonstick spray.
- Mix next 5 ingredients in large bowl.
- combine oil, honey and sugar in small saucepan; bring to simmer over medium heat.
- Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
- Pour hot liquid over oat mixture; stir well.
- Using hands, toss mixture until thoroughly mixed.
- Spread granola on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionaly, about 30 minutes (but check after 20).
- Transfer sheet to rack; cool granola completely.
- (Can be made two weeks ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.) Makes about 8 cups.
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Fantastic! Best recipe I have found. I do make a few changes. I substitute oil with cinnamon applesauce and add 1 Tbs of canola oil. omit the white sugar and increase the vanilla to 3 Tbsp. I mix applesauce, oil, honey and brown sugar in pan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and add vanilla. Then poor over oatmeal and almonds and bake. Thank you for the recipe Bev!
Fantastic stuff!! This is now our official granola recipe. I've made several batches already - my entire family including visiting parents and in-laws keep raving over it. We have it over ice cream & chocolate sauce, with yogurt, etc. I did do a couple of things differently - used 1 c of very coarsely chopped almonds instead of sliced, added an extra cup of chopped pecans to one batch. I also added 1 cup wide ribbon coconut, and stir in 1 cup raisins and/or craisins after baking. Since I added more dry ingredients, I increased the amount of wet accordingly. I don't stir granola while it's baking, instead I put it into two baking sheets and rotate them every ten minutes - that way I get more clusters. Sorry this is so long - but thanks for posting this recipe! We love it!!
Very good!! I have made several granola recipes before and this by far beats them all. Besides having a great taste, how can I say this...it does not scream "health food" at you when you look at it(which can be a big turn off to the family, if you know what I mean). My two year old asked for more "cookie crumbs". They like eating it as it is, in a bowl with some milk or sprinkled on top of yogurt. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I eat this almost every day with corn flakes and milk!<br/><br/>To those who like chunky granola, reduce your nuts & oats.<br/><br/>Changes: -3.5 cups of oats and 1.5 of nuts<br/>-Nuts - mix of nuts, seeds and dried cranberries<br/>-about 1/3 C of brown sugar <br/><br/>I don't stir it until it's cool.
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I usually follow a recipe as is to try it out. Well, granola is one of those things that is a great canvas to be creative. I no longer put everything in a pot on the stove. I use a microwaveable measuring cup to put the oil and honey and heat for about 45 seconds. I sub olive oil and keep out the extra 2T if sugar. I find the brown sugar and honey is sweet enough for my taste. I have subbed half of the almonds for walnuts, add pumpkin, chia, and sunflower seeds, and a couple tablespoons of dried coconut flakes. It comes out so good no matter the combination! I have yet to add any dried fruit.
This is an utterly fantastic recipe. I make granola on a weekly basis, due to allergies, it's easier for me to make my own than to find one pre made that I am able to eat. Plus homemade tastes SO much better and is cheaper to boot.<br/><br/>To healthy it up and to address my dietary needs, I use coconut sugar rather than cane sugar. I use avocado or coconut oil for the oil. Sometimes to mix it up a bit, I use cashews instead of almonds and may add different dried fruits after baking (dried blueberries are especially yummy).<br/><br/>There is no need to mix and heat the oil, sugar, etc... separately. I just throw all of the ingredients into the bowl of my stand mixer, let it mix it up, and pour onto cookie sheets. Easy peasy.
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