Andrea, my lovely sister-in-law, gave me this recipe a couple of years ago. It's easy, relatively healthy, and keeps your digestive system functioning nicely (just ask Nate). You can also omit all of the fruits and nuts and just make it with oats only, if that's how you prefer your granola.
– 8 C rolled oats
– 3/4 C canola oil (or sunflower oil, if you live in Spain)
– 3/4 C maple syrup (or try the homemade maple syrup recipe, listed in the Pancake post below)
– 3 TBSP dark molasses (I haven't found molasses here, so I use some dark corn syrup that my parents brought us from the US)
– 1 TBSP cinnamon
– 1 tsp salt
Pick and choose what you like from the list below:
– 1 C chopped pecans
– 1 C chopped walnuts
– 1 C chopped almonds
– 1 C raisins
– 1 C dates
– 1 C cranberries
– 1/2 C coconut
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Food tends to undesirably stick to my cookie sheets, so I like to prepare them by lining them with parchment paper, but this step may be unnecessary for you.
2. Whisk oil, syrup, molasses, salt, and cinnamon. Place the oats in a large bowl and mix in oil mixture until coated.
3. Spread mixture on cookie sheets. Bake 12 minutes.
4. Stir oats on sheet. Add nuts, rotate sheets in oven, and bake 12 more minutes.
5. Let cool, break apart the granola a bit, then mix in fruit.
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