Over Thanksgiving weekend, my brother Jason mentioned he recently made granola. My mother also regularly makes granola, but for some reason the idea had never crossed my mind. Which is odd considering my pantry is stocked with these ingredients regularly. I found this recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it a little to include the kind of oil and sweetener I wanted to use. I'm excited to build upon this recipe and experiment with different variations - coconut and chocolate would be an exciting combo to try!
I don't imagine this batch sticking around for very long because Jordan has already been snatching little bites all day. So, if you have more than two people in your house that will eat granola, I would suggest doubling the recipe because it really is just that good! Also, this would be a lovely gift to give during this holiday season. Fill some cute jars, include the recipe on the gift tag, and you are good to go!
Homemade Breakfast Granola
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 2 cups of nuts and/or seeds (I used almonds and pecans) 1 cup dried fruit (I used raisins and cherries) 2/3 cup coconut oil (any oil will work) 2/3 cup maple syrup (or honey) 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbs ground cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp salt
First, combine the oats and nuts with oil. Next, add all of the spices and mix well. Last step is to stir in the liquid sweetener and oil. Leave fruit aside (or get a little too excited like me and add it all at once - eek!). Bake at 350 for 35 minutes stopping to stir every 10 minutes. If you were patient, once it is done baking add the dried fruit.
^ My favorite way to eat granola is sprinkled over yogurt, but Jordan prefers his with milk!