We’ve been on a granola kick in the home of the Spice Raconteurs. It is crunchy, delicious, high in fiber, high in (mostly) good fats and is a nice alternative to boring ole’ cereal or oatmeal in the morning.
I looked at a lot of recipes and finally zeroed in on this tasty recipe that is just asking for you to add your own touch. This version is pretty low on oil/butter and sugar/honey compared to a lot of recipes out there. I don’t miss it, but I don’t like things that are super sweet. If you do, you can, of course add more.
What you need:
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup nuts of your choice (I’ve used sliced almonds, walnuts, pecans and walnuts so far)
- 1/3 cup oil or melted butter
- 1/3 cup honey or brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- dashes of any other spices you like: ginger, cloves, nutmeg whatever
- 1 cup dried fruit (my preference is apricots), chopped
- 1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit of your preference)
What to do:
- Set your oven pretty low at about 200°.
- Add the oats, coconut and nuts to a large cake pan (mine is 9 x 13).
- Combine the next 6 ingredients (everything but the fruit) in a small bowl and mix well. If you’re using honey, I recommend warming it in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds to make it molten.
- Drizzle the honey mixture over the oat mixture and mix thoroughly, then spred evenly across the bottom of the pan.
- Put the pan in the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. Stir the mixture and then repeat 3 more times until the mixture has baked about an hour and the mix is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and add the dried fruit.
- Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container!