Homemade Granola

I love granola but prefer homemade to the store bought stuff, so I haven’t had it for a while!  Today I decided to make a double batch.  I bet it’s been at least a couple of years since I’ve made granola. It’s really not difficult, and the recipe can be adapted to include whatever you like or have on hand. Here’s what I came up with today…

Most granola recipes include oats!

This recipe starts with oats!

 

I chopped some almonds in t he food processor...

I chopped some almonds in the food processor…

 

... into smaller pieces, but not too much or it will be almond flour.

… into smaller pieces, but not too much or it will become almond flour.

 

I also ground some sunflower seeds into smaller pieces.

I also ground some sunflower seeds into smaller pieces.

 

And pumpkin seeds... aren't they beautiful?

And pumpkin seeds… aren’t they beautiful?

 

After chopping the pumpkin seeds.

After chopping the pumpkin seeds.

 

I also chopped a few pecans and a few cashews.  All of the nuts are raw... purchased in the bulk food section at my health food store.  I also added unsweetened coconut and some cinnamon.

I also chopped a few pecans and a few cashews. All of the nuts are raw… purchased in the bulk food section at my health food store. I also added unsweetened coconut and some cinnamon.

 

All mixed together.

All mixed together.

 

For the liquid I combined honey, agave and maple syrup, with some vanilla extract and some extra virgin olive oil.

For the liquid I combined honey, agave, and maple syrup, with some vanilla extract and some extra virgin olive oil.

 

After mixing the liquid into the dry ingredients.

After mixing the liquid into the dry ingredients.  Now it’s time to bake it!

 

Spread the granola mixture on a BIG baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes.

Spread the granola mixture on a BIG baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes.

 

Take the mixture out of the oven and stir carefully.  Then spread it back out and bake another 15 minutes.  Stir and bake for a third time for another 15 minutes.  Turn off the oven and leave it in there or take it out to cool.

Take the mixture out of the oven and stir carefully. Then spread it back out and bake another 15 minutes. Stir and bake for a third time for another 15 minutes. (If you want the granola darker, bake a fourth time.)  Turn off the oven and leave it in there or take it out to cool.

 

It will be crunchy. You will need a spatula to break it up and remove it from the pan.  You could add some dried fruit if you desire.

 

 

Place it in a container when it is completely cool.

Place it in a container when it is completely cool.  Eat it up within the next several days or keep it in the refrigerator.

 

I enjoy granola with yogurt and fresh fruit, but you may like it just with some milk!

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