Last week, I went live on Facebook and made homemade granola. Several people asked for the recipe, so here it is! Please note, I didn't take a bunch of pictures because I didn't plan to blog about this. You can watch the video here. Hope you enjoy it.
Also please note that I used what supplies that I could find at Dollar General. I normally get some better ingredients.
3.5 Cups - Old Fashioned Oats (do not use quick oats)
2 cups Chopped Walnuts
1 cup Peanuts
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1 cup Unsweetened Coconut
1/3 cup Maple Syrup
1/3 cup Honey
1/3 cup Butter
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Almond extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
Salt to taste
First, preheat your oven to about 300 degrees and cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. If you use the foil, spray with with cooking spray.
Nest, start by combining your wet ingredients that will be cooked. I use a medium sized pot and combine the maple syrup, honey and butter. I add the vanilla and almond extract and spices. Put it over medium heat. Stir regularly.
While that is coming to a boil, I combine all of the other ingredients. In a large bowl, (I use my crock pot bowl) combine the old fashioned oats, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds and any other dried fruit or nuts that you want to include. Mix them well. I also add some salt to this mixture.
Once the syrup mixture comes to a boil, remove it from heat and pour it over the dry mix. Combine it well. If it seems too "wet" you can add some more oats or nuts.
Bake it for about 45 minutes. I set my timer for 15 minute increments, to stir it. Every oven is different, but you are looking for a golden brown semi-dry texture. It will crisp up after it cools.
That's it! It's that simple! Let me know when you try it and how it turns out! Be prepared for it to make your house smell delightful! It won't last too long, so go ahead and buy your supplies to make more.
Till next time,