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Homemade Granola

by Maria on August 3, 2012

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These days there are numerous different options for healthy, good tasting granolas at the grocery store. But as always, nothing beats homemade. You can customize it just how you like and it's definitely a better option for your wallet. 

I adapted this recipe from Annabel Karmel's recipe in The Fussy Eaters' Recipe Book, an excellent cookbook. I make muesli more often than granola, but the sweetness and crunchiness of granola is more appealing to my kids. 

Homemade Granola  

Nonstick cooking spray (such as canola)

2 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned)

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, pecans, or almonds (or substitute sunflower or pumpkin seeds)

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons canola oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup raisins

 

1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Coat with nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts, coconut, salt, and sugar.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil and maple syrup. Pour over the oat mixture and stir well to combine.

4. Spread mixture onto the lined baking sheet. 

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Bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown.

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5. Let cool slightly, transfer to a bowl and stir in the raisins. When completely cool transfer to a storage container (if there is any left!).

Enjoy with milk, yogurt, greek yogurt, kefir, almond milk, soy milk, or the way my 4-year old likes it, just on its own! Adding some sliced fresh fruit or berries to the granola will really take it to the top! My current favorites are summer fresh peaches and blueberries. 

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