This is an easy recipe to make because you can be very creative with the ingredients and it will always come out healthy and good. And-since you make it yourself–it has no preservatives, no additives, no food colorings–just fresh wholesome ingredients. I keep it in a sealed jar or airtight container. Then I sprinkle it on yogurt, ice cream, anything!!! you also can use it in our Granola Breakfast Cookies recipe.
It is easy to “mix and match” this recipe–but here is the basic one I use.
Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line sheet pan with parchment paper.
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
3 Tablespoons sesame seeds
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (or pumpkin/or both)
1/2 cup slivered almonds (or any kind of nut)
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup real maple syrup
3 Tablespoons honey
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries (on any other dried fruit)
Mix oats, seeds, coconut, nuts, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl whisk oil, vanilla, honey and maple syrup until well blended. Pour liquid over the dry ingredients and stir well. Do not add the fruit until after the granola has cooked in the oven.
Spread evenly over sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes. Stir up the granola every 10 minutes. When it is golden brown, remove from oven and stir in the fruit.
You can try any combination of fruit or nuts. You could also try substituting molasses for the honey. Just have fun with it.