Forget STORE BOUGHT GRANOLA, expensive, loaded with sugar and preservatives.! How can store bought granola be healthy when it has more sugar in it than a candy bar. With homemade granola, you have complete control over all of the healthy ingredients you chose to use. Top this amazing nutty granola with your favorite fruit and milk and you are ready for the day.
Makes 9 Cups of crunchy goodness
5 Cups of old fashioned oatmeal (Gluten Free )optional
2 Cups (10 ounces) of sliced almonds (or any nut or combination of nuts you prefer)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 Cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 Cup organic brown rice crisps cereal (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons of flax seeds
In a large bowl mix all of the above dry ingredients until well mixed
In a separate bowl whisk next four ingredients together
1/3 Cup honey
1/3 Cup Maple syrup
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 Cup oil ( olive oil or canola work well)
Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Fold in oats and almond mixture until thoroughly coated.
Transfer oat mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread across sheet into thin, even layer (about 3/8 inch thick). Using your hands compress oat mixture until very compact. r. Bake until lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes, rotating pan once halfway through baking. Remove granola from oven and cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour. Break cooled granola into pieces of desired size. At this point add 2 Cups Raisins, Craisins or any dried fruit you prefer (I used currents). (Granola can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.) Granola also stores well in the freezer for several months.
Granola is a great topping for fruit crumbles, yogurt, ice cream etc. ENJOY
Until next time see ya until Just Around The Bend ♥
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Thanks for another family handed down recipe, of course I have tweaked here and there over time!!! ♥