Build your own granola

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I love finding recipes and putting my own twist on them. So I especially love recipes as versatile as this one. So many twist can be put on it to make it your own favorite or just what you have on hand at the time. I often shop the bulk isle at our local grocery store and was able to find almost everything I needed on that one isle. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw nuts or seeds (pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, sliced almonds, peanuts, chopped pecans, walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (raises, cranberries, pineapple, apple)
  • 1 cup coconut (or more oats or nuts)
  • 1 tbsp of your favorite spice (cinnamon, pumpkin spice, etc)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp flavor (vanilla extract, almond extract, etc)
  • 1/4 cup fat (coconut oil, melted butter, canola oil, etc)
  • 1/3 cup sweet (honey, maple syrup, agave, brown sugar, or even a combo of any of these)
  • 1 egg white (optional! Beat just until frothy. Makes it super crunchy with clusters)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  3. Spread out on tray(s). (I used two 11×14)
  4. Bake between 300°-350° (depending on your oven. I bake it at 300°) until golden. 
  5. Stir it after 15 minutes. Then every 10 minutes to follow. It only takes 25 minutes in our oven. 
  6. It will crisp as it cools.
  7. Allow it to dry completely and store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. 

Batch I made today:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 1 cup sliced almonds 
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon 
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup local honey 

(Yields approximately 2 quarts)

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