Simple Homemade Granola
What I love about making homemade granola is you can mix it up with the ingredients and get a whole new flavor.
With homemade granola you can swap out the dried cherries for dried blueberries, cranberries or tried and true raisins.
I used slivered almonds as the nuts in this version but you can use pecans, macadamia nuts, pistachios…you name it. Or you can make it nut free!
Okay enough chatter here is the recipe….
- 4 Cups rolled oats (I like thick cut)
- 1½ cups slivered almonds (I toast mine)
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seed toasted
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cup dried cherries (I like the ones from Costco, they actually taste like cherries)
- Preheat oven to 300 degree F. In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt, flax seed meal, toasted sesame seeds and cinnamon.
- In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla.
- Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon, finish mixing by hand.
- Spread granola on a 15 x 10 inch baking pan (I use a large cookie sheet that has a lip)
- Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes.
- Transfer granola filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in cherries.
- Seal granola in an airtight container, (I use a gallon size ziploc freezer bag)
- Store at room temp. for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.
I use this also as a base for some really great homemade granola bars. I will be sure to share that recipe with you soon too. They make a great on the go snack bar.
Do you have a special ingredient you enjoy in your granola? I am always looking for ways to mix it up, please share with me in the comments below and I may give it a try.
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