The Best Homemade Granola Ever

Gordo has been asking for granola all week. Luckily for him, I have had the last few days off of work for the first time in over a year, so I acquiesced ūüôā

This recipe is easy; it is, however, time-consuming. It is also the absolute best, makes a shit-ton, and lasts in an airtight container for almost forever. In other words, it’s worth the time.

 

Ingredients:

1st Set:

4 cups of quick oats

2 cups of large old-fashioned flake oats

3/4 cup slivered almonds

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup pecans

3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Granola 1st Set of Ingredients, pre-mixing

2nd Set:

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup coconut oil, liquefied

1/3 cup hot water

3/4 cup honey ( I usually use local, raw)

1/3 cup brown sugar

1.5 tsp vanilla ( I favor Madagascar Bourbon)

1 tsp cinnamon

Granola 2nd Set of Ingredients

3rd Set:

3 cups of dried fruit of your choice (for this one, I wanted a tropical taste and did pineapple, papaya and raisins)

Dried fruit in bowl

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In large bowl mix 1st set of ingredients.
  3. In medium bowl mix second set of ingredients.
  4. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir well to evenly coat.

Granola after mixing wet and dry

 5. Spread out onto 2 baking sheets (line with silicone mat or parchment paper).

Granola spread evenly on 2 baking sheets

¬†6.¬†Bake for 20 – 40 minutes stirring every 5 – 10 minutes. Watch carefully at the end. It can get burned quickly. Take it out when it’s a nice golden brown. When I stir, I also rotate the position of the baking sheets.

Granola in the oven

7. Once out of the oven, I stir in the dried fruits immediately and spread  it out again on the same baking sheets to cool into small clumps.

 

Then you can store it in airtight containers for a super long time. But first, eat yourself some warm, fresh granola on top of yogurt – mmmmmm!

 

It’s so easy to make this in different ways by just adding different fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. You just need to keep the measurements the same. I make it a bit differently each time! Enjoy! xo