I stopped buying boxed cereals almost a decade ago. I’ve enjoyed oatmeal, farina (AKA Cream of Wheat), or some other delicious hot cereal instead. Sometimes it is nice to be able to just pour yourself a bowl of cereal when mornings are tight on time or you’re wanting something super simple. Recently, we’ve had a container of homemade granola in our cupboard for just those occasions. This recipe is absolutely delicious. The granola forms great clusters and is light and crunchy. You can enjoy the granola as a cereal with milk and dried or fresh fruit. This granola is also delicious with homemade yogurt and dried or fresh fruit.
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 5 cups (15 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups (8 ounces) raw almonds, chopped, sliced or slivered
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 cups raisins or other dried fruit
- Preheat oven to 325ºF (or if you live near 5,000 ft add 5º, so 330ºF).
- In a large bowl mix oats, shredded coconut, salt and almonds and set it aside.
- Adjust the oven rack to upper-middle position. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a separate bowl, whisk oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour in oil mixture over the oats mixture and fold until thoroughly coated.
- Pour the oat mixture into lined baking sheet, spread the mixture evenly.
- Using stiff metal spatula, or potatoes masher compress oat mixture until very compact. Bake until lightly browned, about 35 to 40 minutes depend on the oven, rotating once halfway through baking (20 minutes first half and 15 minutes second half).
- Remove granola from oven and cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours.
- Break cooled granola into pieces of desired size. Stir in dried fruit.
- Granola can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- Do not mix dried fruit in granola if you want to keep granola crispy, mix it with dried fruits when needed. Thank Aumpai for this recipe!