Go Go Granola

May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Granola is one of my favorite things–and it’s the perfect breakfast or snack for any season.  Lately it’s been a staple over greek yogurt and fresh berries.  It was only a few years ago that I realized how easy it was to make your own, and this is my favorite rendition.

4 cups oats (I use rolled cut or steel cut oats–do not use instant!)

1/2 bag (7 ounces) shredded coconut

3/4 cup vegetable or grapeseed oil

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup blue agave

3 ounces raisins

3 ounces dried cranberries

3 ounces almonds

Start with a large bowl and spatula and combine your oats and coconut.  In a large measuring cup, pour in your oil, and then add to that your honey and blue agave.  Blue agave is a sweetener much like honey, and I used it to change things up a bit, but if you don’t have any, you could just use all honey. 

Drizzle the honey/agave/oil mixture over the oats/coconut mixutre and give it a good stir until your oats are thoroughly moistened.  Then add in your dried fruit and nuts.  You can use whatever dried fruits you like–I used raisins and cranberries, but apricots are also really great.  Stir until all is combined.  Line a sheet pan with foil and spray it generously with Pam or oil.  Then spread out your granola in one even layer.  Note: Some folks prefer to add the nuts right at the end of baking, but I don’t find that it changes anything to add them in at the start.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until your granola is crisp and brown.  At the 15 minute mark, I usually take mine out and flip it with a spatula to ensure the bottom gets browned as well.  You’ll just want to pat it all back into a single layer after giving it a stir in the pan.

Remove from oven and let cool.  Then break it apart and store in an airtight container.  You can keep it for at least a week and serve it over yogurt, with milk, or just by itself.  This also makes a great addition to gift baskets!

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