Granola

I love granola. It’s so healthy and crunchy and flavorful. I like eating it plain or in yogurt as a parfait or with milk as my morning bowl of cereal, but store granola is so expensive that it was about time to make my own!

There are lots of variations when it comes to making granola, but there are some ingredients that are essential and these are listed below. I sweetened my granola with pure maple syrup, but you can make yours with part honey and part maple syrup. As a side note, the oats have to be the regular oats, not the quick cooking.

Essential Ingredients:

2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tbs. flavorless oil, such as vegetable or canola
1 Tb. water

Additions:

Here’s where you get to be creative. For the extra additions, I added almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds, Craisins, and some Total cereal. There are lots of other variations too. You can make it tropical, with the addition of dried pineapple or banana chips, or sweet, with the addition of chocolate chips. I, however, like the classic, crunchy granola. Make sure the additions you add are proportionate to the oats.

Directions:

Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 275 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch l pan with cooking spray, then set aside. Mix oats, brown sugar, salt and additions –except dried fruit — in a bowl.

Bring syrup, oil, water to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat. Drizzle over oat mixture, and stir to combine.

Pour mixture onto prepared pan. Working a handful at a time, squeeze to form small clumps. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir in dried fruit. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes longer. Let cool. Granola can be stored in an airtight tin for up to two weeks.

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