I absolutely love granola. It’s really that simple. I love it. It’s extremely easy to whip up, and making granola is a great way to get kids in the kitchen. The main ingredients needed for granola include oats, oil, sweetener, nuts/seeds, and dried fruits. Now, besides the oats, the question becomes… what should I use for the ingredients? I’ll show you what I used. The cool thing is, you can make it my way… or your way. (If I made it Penny’s way, it would only be toasted oats and syrup).
|Ground flax seed that I store in my freezer.|
Ingredients to go in the oven
4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
Ingredients for mixing in after baking
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup cranberries
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients that will be baked (everything except for the dried fruit). Evenly distribute the granola mixture between two large baking sheets. Spread out the granola so that it cooks evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and stir the granola. After stirring, place back in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes.
After baking, place the granola back in the large mixing bowl and add the dried fruit. Mix. Wait approximately 10 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite non-dairy milk, yogurt, or ice cream. Store the remainder of the granola in an air tight container.