I can’t believe it! I just made my own granola. I always thought someday I’d learn, and thanks to some inspiration from a book I’ll be reviewing soon on my other blog carp(e) libris, I thought I’d look for a recipe. It’s so much easier than I thought, and if I’d known, I would have made this long ago. I looked up several recipes and sort of combined what I learned and used what was around my cupboards. Here’s what I did, but you can add whatever suits you (or whatever needs to be used up in the cupboard!)
First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Then mix together these ingredients in a bowl:
4 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (okay, I didn’t have this – but I’ll add it next time)
3/4 cups walnut pieces
1/2 cup almond halves
1/2 tsp salt
Then in another bowl, mix together these wet ingredients
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil (I used sunflower oil because that’s all I had, aside from olive)
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, then put the mixture on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir with a spatula and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until it starts to get a little brown and sort of dry. Remove from the oven and mix with:
3/4 cups raisins
1/4 cup currants (just because I had some!)
I am seeing online that some people freeze it; otherwise, it lasts about 2 weeks in a sealed container.
I think I stirred mine too well, because it’s not in big chunks like I’d like it.*** Also, don’t add more than 1/2 tsp. salt. I put a little more by accident because I’m allergic to measuring instruments. Oops. Next time I’ll know, but in the meantime it sure is yummy!
***Note: I tried another batch later and didn’t stir as well – not a good idea, as the mix isn’t well-coated with the wet mixture. A little scorchy, but my dad loved it that way. To each his own…