Earlier this week I made homemade granola. I've been wanting to do this for several months, but kept forgetting to hunt for recipes. Well I finally did it. The end result was delicious and it was super easy to make. A good bowl of granola with milk has always been one of my favorite breakfasts -I like it both cold and warmed up in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. It also tastes great with vanilla yogurt (which is how I had it this morning). It seems at least slightly cheaper than box cereal to make my own so that's nice too. I adapted my recipe from three I found online at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, The Kitchen Sink, and Curious Bird to come up with the recipe below. In future batches, I hope to try and make the granola a little more clumpy, however, from what I have googled this seems a little tricky. And the taste is the most important part right? Here is the WIP (work in progress) recipe I used. I am sure the next time I make granola, it will be slightly different, but customizing your own is half the fun!
4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned variety)
1/2 cup coconut (most recipes called for unsweetened, however, I had sweetened on hand already so just used that and it didn't taste overly sweet)
1/2 cup nuts (I used almonds and hazelnuts)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tb honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup brown sugar (although next time I'll probably try more than this)
pinch of salt
2 cups raisins (or any other variety of dried fruit)
1 Tb maple syrup (most recipes called for real maple syrup, but I didn't have that and didn't want to pay for it either so I just used the fake kind, it turned out fine)
2 Tb water
Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients except dried fruit. Whisk together wet ingredients. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and mix until well covered. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet with ridges (so the granola won't spill over the edges). Bake 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Stir every 10 minutes. Cool pan on wire rack. Once cooled, add raisins or other dried fruit.
See doesn't that sound easy?