Turns out granola is super-easy to make at home. And it has less fat and sweetener, and none of the nasty preservatives and weird chemicals in the store-bought stuff. You can customize it to taste exactly how you want — there are no wrong answers here!
And bonus: It makes your house smell amazing! It takes about an hour to “cook” but you can totally get some housework done. Or watch another episode of Real Housewives. No judgment. Sprinkle some onto yogurt for breakfast, or ice cream for dessert. Toss in some chocolate chips for trail mix….that you eat sitting on the couch, watching Real Housewives. Again, no judgment.
Homemade GranolaGo crazy with your mix-ins! You can use dried apples, cherries, cranberries, apricots, raisins…any combo of nuts…shredded coconut…any and all of the pie spices. The possibilities are endless! The tiniest seeds, however, are too small to really “stick” to the mixture (you can see the wayward chia seeds above…) so perhaps save those for another day. Makes about 6 (loosely packed) cups.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 6 tbsp (2/3 cup) butter or coconut oil
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- up to one cup of nuts &/or dried fruit (I used pecans, almonds, pistachios and just a sprinkle of cacao nibs)
- about a tablespoon of spices (I used 1/2 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, and 1 tsp cardamom)
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
- Melt butter or oil in a large bowl. Add the oats about a cup at a time, stirring to combine each addition. Drizzle the maple syrup in, stirring to combine. Add mix-ins and spices and stir to combine.
- Spread into a thin layer on to the baking sheet. Bake for about 45-60 minutes, stirring the granola every 15-20 minutes. It is done when it feels dry and no longer sticky. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before transferring to airtight containers.
What do you like to mix in to your granola?