A great dry snack out of hand, or breakfast cereal with milk, granola is easy and inexpensive to make at home. Whip up a batch in minutes, and store in an air-tight container to last for about a week.
How to Make Homemade Granola
You will need:
4 cups old-fashioned (not quick cooking) oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries or cherries
2 cups sliced almonds or other nuts
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and almonds (if using). In a small saucepan, heat the oil and honey just until warm and combined (tip: Pour oil, then honey into glass measuring cup – the oil will help the honey to pour out easily and not stick to the cup). Stir in vanilla.
Pour the warm oil mixture over the oats and gently stir with a wooden spoon. Spread granola into a lightly greased cookie sheet, and bake for about 40 minutes, stirring twice during baking to break up the larger clumps.
Place granola-filled pan on a rack to cool. While still warm, transfer granola to a large bowl and stir in raisins or other dried fruit. Once cooled, seal granola in an air-tight container and store at room temperature for about 1 week.
Yield: about 7 cups.