Oh friends, I’ve found another awesome homemade food that the store bought version can’t hold a candle to. I’ve always just bought a box of granola at the store to mix with my yogurt and various things. Then I decided to try my hand at making it myself and wow – it’s delicious, SO easy, and a fraction of the cost.
One of the lovely things about this recipe is that you can use whatever kinds of nuts you prefer or have on hand. I have some yummy pecans that I’m planning to toss into an upcoming batch. Also after the granola is baked and cooled, you can toss in some toasted coconut, dried fruit, chocolate chips, or anything else that your granola loving heart desires.
3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup sliced almonds (or another nut of choice)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3 Tbsp maple syrup
Yield: 5-6 cups
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with a Silpat/nonstick liner.
Combine the oats, nuts, brown sugar, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until mixed well.
Place butter in microwave safe bowl. Heat until the butter is melted. Stir in the maple syrup and add it to the oat mixture. Mix together until moistened. Spread the mixture onto the prepared pan and pat down.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and use a spatula to move the granola around and expose pieces that were underneath. Bake an additional 15 minutes longer, or until the granola is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
If wanting to add other things: when granola is cooled, scrape it into a bowl, add other ingredients, and mix until fully incorporated. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Source: Slightly adapted from Recipe Girl