Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Homemade Granola

Full of dried fruits, nuts, sweetened with honey,
this granola is perfect for breakfast.
I like mine with yogurt! Also makes a great snack.
Homemade Granola
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
2 cups nuts
(sliced almonds, walnuts, pecan pieces)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup good honey
4 1/2 cups of dried fruit combonation
(small diced dried apricots*, figs, dried cherries, craisins, banana chips,
trail mix blend also works well)
1 cup roasted lightly salted cashews (add at the end)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Toss the oats, coconut, and nuts (except for the cashews) together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan.
Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 40-45 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Add the dried fruit combo and cashews. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.
* This is my variation of a recipe I found. It called for dried apricots which I LOVE but the preservative used is a sulfate that many of us find as an asthma trigger so read your label and use other fruit if it may be a problem for anyone you may be serving. The original recipe called for 2 cups sliced almonds. I used a combination of almonds, pecans & walnuts to make the 2 cups.


sara hanks said...

i'm not usually a granola girl, but this recipe is so good.

Little Lovables said...

this looks good!