Crunchy and nutritious this simple granola recipe will give you the basics to create your own home made granola. Full of heart healthy oats and sweet honey, our Groovy Granola makes a hearty fast breakfast or even a late snack. Use the basics for the beginning and add some of our optional dried fruits and nuts to create your own perfect blend.
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup honey*
1/3 cup canola oil
*can also use 1/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1/4 cup honey
NUTS: Chopped or whole almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts
SEEDS: flax, sesame, sunflower
Shredded coconut 1/2 cup
1/3 cup dried fruits: raisins, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, cherries etc.
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
PREHEAT: oven to 325 degrees.
MIX: In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts, seeds and spices. Add oil and honey and stir until well combined. Spread mixture onto baking pans.
BAKE: Bake on middle shelf in oven until granola is golden brown, about 30 – 40 minutes. Keep an eye on granola after about 30 minutes as ovens vary.
FINISH: When done, remove granola from oven and allow to cool on pan. Using spatula, transfer granola from pan to a large bowl and break up into smaller pieces. Add dried fruit at this point and gently stir in (baking fruit makes the fruit hard and too dry). Allow to cool and then transfer to air tight containers for storage.
Note: The great thing about this granola is you can create your own version by adding extras to your tastes. Just keep the main ingredients pretty consistent. You can also swap out some of the rolled oats for rolled rye, barley, spelt and triticale. This recipe keeps well and is packed with healthy stuff that is really good for you!