Now I know we are all sick of the New England snow days but let’s face it, it’s only February and according to Punxsutawney Phil, we still have six more weeks of cold and shoveling to face. So why not warm the house by turning on the oven and slow baking some homemade granola?
We spend A LOT of money on granola in my house. I have some with a banana every morning for breakfast and often as snacks throughout the day. It get’s expensive and it’s hard to find mixes that aren’t packed with sugar! So in an attempt to save a few bucks and monitor ingredients I decided to through together a basic recipe and found not only was it super easy but the house smelled divine and it was a thousand times better than the store bought stuff! Here’s the recipe I used but you can add any type of nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit you have lying around the house. It’s the best part…a simple recipe that’s totally to taste!
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 small bag whole almonds
Heaping handful of halved pecans
½ cup wheat germ
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup maple syrup
Handful of craisins
Preheat oven to 32 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Combine the oats, almonds, pecans, wheat germ, coconut, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and mix well.
Whisk together the honey, maple syrup, and oil in a separate small bowl. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread the granola mixture evenly onto the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. Make sure to toss and re-spread a few times to ensure even baking until the mixture is golden brown.
Transfer the granola by lifting aluminum onto another baking sheet to cool and toss immediately with dried fruit. Re-spread the granola one last time and let cool to room temperature. Break into clusters and store in an airtight container.
Hope you enjoy this tasty snack on your next “home day” (as my mom calls them 🙂 ) with warm wishes from your favorite newly dubbed granola snob…
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian