Homemade granola is my new obsession. At least it is a healthy obsession. Unless I eat the entire batch in one day as I have wanted to do each time I have made it.
The key to awesome healthy granola is in the ratio
- 3 cups of plain oatmeal (old fashioned or quick)
- 2 cups of nuts or seeds
- 1 cup of dried fruit
- ½ cup of liquid sweetener
- ⅓ cup of oil
You really need the sweetener and oil, especially if you want small clusters. This makes at least 6 bowls of cereal, so you aren't eating a ½ cup of maple syrup in one sitting. Unless you eat the whole batch at once... I am not judging.
There are so many combinations possible, so I made a little mix and match suggestion chart (feel free to pin it!)
I have been experimenting with different combinations mostly depending on what I have in the house. Some combinations I still want to try:
- tropical: macadamia nuts, coconut, pineapple and mango with coconut oil
- caramel apple: walnuts, apple chips, butter and brown sugar with some vanilla and cinnamon
- almond joy: almonds, coconut, chocolate (instead of fruit) with cocoa butter for the fat
What combination would you like to try? Let me know in the comments below.
- 3 cups uncooked oats (old fashioned or quick)
- 2 cups nuts (roughly chopped)
- 1 cup dried fruit (cut in pieces if needed)
- ½ cup liquid sweetener (honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, etc.)
- ⅓ cup fat (canola oil, sunflower oils, coconut oil, cocoa butter, butter)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Combine oats and nuts in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan heat, sweetener and fat until warm.
- Pour over oats and nuts and stir until everything is coated.
- Spread mixture in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from oven.
- To make "clusters", immediately press down firmly on the mixture with a paper towel. Let cool. Break into smaller pieces.
- When cool, combine granola with dried fruit. Store in an air tight container.
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Until next time, happy eating.