Homemade Granola

Earlier this week I made my own homemade granola! I figured since I had all the right ingredients, why buy it at the grocery store? I took this basic recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. Making granola allows you to be creative. Any kind of nuts and dried fruit will work. You can also experiment with adding things like coconut, vanilla, nut butter, ginger, nutmeg, or chocolate chips; the options are endless!

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Homemade Granola

vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free, bean & legume-free

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup mixed nuts and seeds (I used almonds and cashews)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of sweetener (I used honey, but you could also use maple syrup, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or molasses)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)

Preheat oven to 300*F. Place 9 x 13 inch roasting pan over 2 burners at medium-low heat. Add oats and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown and become fragrant (about 3-5 minutes). Add the nuts and seeds and continue to cook for another 2 minutes stirring frequently. If using it, add coconut and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Add cinnamon and sweetener and stir to coat. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice while baking. Add the dried fruit after granola is done baking and place pan on a wire rack to cool. Be sure to stir the granola every so often to break it up as it cools. Transfer granola to a sealed container and store in cupboard or refrigerator.

I love the idea of making homemade granola! I can’t believe I haven’t done it soon, its so easy and budget-friendly!

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