Homemade Granola

It’s tastier, cheaper, and healthier than buying it from the store so why not make it at home? The added bonus is that our house smells like maple syrup and vanilla for hours afterward!

It’s a pretty family-friendly activity too. Our 3-year-old Lucy loves holding the measuring cup while we pour ingredients and does a passable job stirring it up.

We made it while our 1-year-old was taking a nap so that made it a bit easier too.

Ingredients:

-2 cups steel-cut oats

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used cashews…good with sliced almonds too)

-1/2 cup dried fruit

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-1 tablespoon syrup

-Pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300°F

Mix everything except the dried fruit together in a bowl. You can add the fruit, but it tends to get a bit tough after cooking. I cooked them in this batch and the wife and kids didn’t enjoy it.

Spread them thinly on a cookie sheet or two (aluminum foil keeps clean up easier). Toast for 15 minutes. Remove the sheets, shuffle the granola, and return to toast for another 15. Repeat until you reach the crunchiness and color you want.

Here are a couple pictures of my double- batch:

Before:

After:

 

Next time I’ll have to look up some alternative flavorings and possibly try making clusters. Have you tried doing this differently? Any suggestions?

 

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