On my quest for the best recipes for several classic foods (best bran muffins, best chocolate chip cookies, etc) I found my favorite granola recipe. I have made granola several ways and this is my absolute favorite.
Just like chocolate chips cookies, the ‘best’ recipe can be somewhat skewed because everyone has unique tastes and preferences. For granola, some may like mostly oats with lots of sweetness and raisins, while the next person may like a bit of oats with tons of dried fruit, a variety of nuts, and just enough sweetness to bind the ingredients together. I lean toward the healthier versions, with less oil and sugar and more dried fruit and nuts. How do you like your granola? Are you chewy and sweet? Savory and chunky? Or maybe simple and classic?
My ‘Best’ Granola Recipe
4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, unsweeteend
3 tablespoons flax seeds. ground or unground
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup of any- hazelnuts/pecans/almonds, chopped into halves or quarters
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (or canola oil)
2 TB hazelnut oil (optional)
1/2 cup maple syrup, honey or agave
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dried cherries, blueberries, or apricots (chop the apricots)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients except the dried fruit. Stir well to incorporate.
Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out into an even layer. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, for 30-40 minutes (until golden brown).
Some more great granola recipes to check out: