This recipe is a stress-reliever. After taking a hammer to a bag of nuts, I promise you will feel totally zen…and maybe even hungry for a little granola. It’s also cheaper and healthier than the granola you’ll find in the store.
4 cups rolled oats (regular, not quick-cooking)
1 cup nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc)
1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins, etc)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-2 teaspoons cane sugar (or brown sugar)
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teapsoon salt
1 tablespoon flax seeds (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place your nuts in a sealable freezer bag. Take a hammer or mallet and smash the nuts into small pieces. I usually do this on the floor of the garage. It’s pretty fun.
In a large bowl, stir the granola and nuts together. Place this mixture in a baking dish or a cookie pan. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once with a spatula half way through.
While the oats and nuts are baking, mix the sugar, flour, cinnamon (or pumpkin spice) and salt together in a bowl. In another small bowl, whip the honey and oil together with a wisk. (This won’t really mix completely but try to combine them a bit.) Add the vanilla to the honey and oil and wisk a little bit more.
Remove the oats and nuts from the oven and place them on the stovetop or a burn-proof area. Stir them with the spatula again. Add the contents of the sugar/flour bowl and mix everything together. Then add the honey and oil, stirring everything once again. Add the dried fruit and the flax seeds, if you’re using them. Spread the granola with the spatula so it forms an even layer in your pan.
Bake for another 10 to 12 minutes, again stirring once half way through. It should be golden. Be careful not to let it burn. Let your nose be your guide.
When your granola is done, let it cool, and then place in a resealable bag or storage container. I use one of those plastic cereal containers with the flip top.
This granola tastes great added to yogurt or just eaten by itself. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the fall weather.