January 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
We like to make our own granola. It’s easy, and it also lacks the preservatives and high fructose corn syrup that many of the store-bought granolas contain. Our version is a modified recipe from RealSimple (one of our most favorite magazines). Dave likes this a lot because he can eat it out of hand, without milk. I’m lactose intolerant, and so have it with soy milk. However you enjoy it, it’s very healthy, and delicious as well.
Easy homemade granola
8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
2 cups sliced almonds
1 cup shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened)
1/4 cup unsalted* pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup unsalted* sunflower seeds
1 cup pure maple syrup
4 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt*
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped dates
Heat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients*. Pour out into a turkey roaster or large rimmed pan. Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, about 30 minutes.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
*I usually use salted pepitas and sunflower seeds, and then omit the ½ teaspoon salt that is called for in the recipe.