I love making granola. Not only is it wonderful on yogurt, but there’s something really comforting about warm granola right out of the oven with milk poured over it (I like almond milk). I also like to give it to my friends as a gift, everyone likes something homemade, that’s also healthy.
This recipe is easy to make, feel free to remove or add any ingredients you like. You really can’t go wrong.
4 cups of old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
1 1/3 cups of flaked or shredded coconut (I use unsweetened)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup sliced almonds or whole hazelnuts
3/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup flax seeds (these are optional, but I love them & they’re great for your digestion)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup safflower or sunflower oil, or any light oil you like
3/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins (you can use more raisins if you don’t have cherries or cranberries)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Combine the oats, coconut, sugar, nuts, sunflower seeds and flax seeds in a large bowl or a big pan (I use my big turkey roasting pan). Stir well. Add the cinnamon and stir.
In a small bowl or large measuring cup whisk together the oil, water and vanilla until they’re well integrated. Pour this mixture over your dry ingredients.
Spread the mixture in a large pan with sides. I mix everything in my large pan so there’s less to clean up.
Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring every 20-30 minutes. If you like extra crunchy granola, turn off the oven and let it sit for 15 extra minutes. Remove from the oven and add in your dried fruit. Let cool before storing.
Store in an air-tight container. You can also put it in the fridge or freeze it.