I've had quite a few people request instructions for how I make my granola. My version has sort of evolved over the years. I use a base of old-fashioned oats, add every raw nut and seed I can get my hands on, then finish it off after baking with a boat load of dried fruit. The amounts truly are flexible and you can substitute what you like or have on hand and leave out what you don't, whatever strikes your fancy. This crunchy goodness is so delicious with a little milk or sprinkled over yogurt.
This "recipe" makes a whole lot, so adjust down if you don't need very much. Just warning you. I give about half a batch away each time, so I like to make a lot. I promise you can't mess this up unless you just bake it too long and it burns or something. I'm going to tell you exactly how I did my last batch, so listen carefully, hear?? The ingredients are all in bold italics because I'm too
Yes, that is honey dripping all over my counter while I stopped to take a photo. That 1 cup measure is half filled with coconut oil and half filled with honey. I dumped that over the seeds and oats in the pan.
Next I added 2 teaspoons of vanilla and five twists of the sea salt grinder. Yes, I counted the twists just for you, friends. (Use just a few shakes of the shaker if you don't use a grinder.)
OK, I popped that in a slow oven...around 300 degrees...for 15 minutes. I set the timer so I wouldn't forget it. I stirred it when the timer went off and did that again about three times. (Truth be told, I turned the oven off after the first stir, put the sweater on the dog, and went for a walk. I stirred it when I got back home, turned the oven back on, and baked it another 15 minutes or so.) I shoot for 45 minutes to an hour in the oven. I don't like it too toasted or brown.
Next comes the fruit.
Stir it up and put into tightly sealed containers.
Hey, I tell you what. If you read this far, you deserve a treat. Leave a comment here or on Facebook and I'll enter you to win a big ol' bag of my famous granola. Here is how I'm going to do it, though. Just put "Yum!" for your comment if you want me to enter your name. That's all. Don't write anything else if you want to be entered. I want to see how many people read to the end.
Good night my dear, sweet, crunchy bloggity friends.