I figured out that it’s much cheaper-and much more delicious- if you make granola at home. I have made it at home for almost a year now but I always have followed recipes (like this one). But I realized that I bake everything else delicious, and there’s no reason for me to not make up my own granola recipe and post it.
This is my first try, and it will need some work. But it tastes delicious!The oats taste great and they’re crunchy, and I added some chopped pecans and some walnuts to give it that extra crunch. And I found out from this recipe that adding almond extract gives it that flavor that it needs- and it smells delicious when you bake it! I will just have to narrow down the ingredients it calls for when I make it the second time.
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup pecans, chopped
½ cup walnuts
½ cup coconut
¾ cup slivered almonds
¼ cup dried fruit (I used pomegranate)
¾ cup golden raisins
1.5-2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup melted coconut oil
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup pure maple syrup (we use only Vermont maple syrup)
1. In a large bowl, stir the oats, pecans, walnuts, coconut, slivered almonds, dried fruit, raisins, and cinnamon.
2. Melt the coconut oil in a pot on the stove. Add the almond extract, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
3. Once the heated stuff was combined and cooled, add it to the dry ingredients; stir.
4. Bake at 300 degrees F for 45 mins. Stir at 15 min intervals.
5. Take out of the oven; let cool. Store, and if you’re like me, in Ball jars.