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 🙂
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.
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
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
3 cups of dried fruit of your choice (for this one, I wanted a tropical taste and did pineapple, papaya and raisins)
- Preheat oven to 325.
- In large bowl mix 1st set of ingredients.
- In medium bowl mix second set of ingredients.
- Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir well to evenly coat.
5. Spread out onto 2 baking sheets (line with silicone mat or parchment paper).
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.
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