I got this great recipe from a crafting blog that has since gone dark and I can't tell you how many times I've made it. What I like about this recipe is that it is adaptable to whatever ingredients you have around your house. It turns out a little bit different every time!
8 cups rolled oats
2-3 cups seeds, nuts or other add-ins (just a few ideas are unsweetened dried coconut, slivered almonds, sunflower nuts, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, wheat germ....)
1 cup maple syrup or honey (I usually do 1/2 and 1/2 and sometimes add a little bit of molasses in there too)
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
Optional: 1/4 cup of peanut or almond butter
Optional: 1-2 cups dried fruit (chopped apricots, dates, craisins, golden raisins etc...)
Get out the biggest bowl you have. Mix the oats with the nuts and other add-ins.
Heat the oil with the syrup/honey mixture in a small saucepan over low heat. Then add vanilla and salt. If you're using the peanut butter, now's the time to add it. Stir until everything is well blended.
Stir wet ingredients into the oats until everything is very well coated.
Spread mixture onto a rimmed cookie sheet, roasting or broiling pan. I usually use 2 pans for this recipe.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until nicely browned. Important: stir every 5 to 10 minutes to ensure that it browns evenly.
When granola has cooled, mix in dried fruit if you want!
Do you have a favorite granola recipe?
(Look for this post in the Healthy Child Healthy World Eat Healthy recipe file.)