I’m not going to fool you into thinking this is health food but it sure is delicious! My husband eats old-fashioned oats for breakfast every morning with a sprinkle of cinnamon & a drizzle of honey. He LOVES having this homemade granola to stir in for crunch, sweetness & extra nutty flavor! I love it mixed with yogurt and it also makes a great to-go snack when I’m running late for an early appointment.
My daughter first discovered the recipe. I’m not sure where she got it but I’ve changed it up a bit & we all love it. You can customize it with any combination of nuts and dried fruit. All ingredients besides the oats are optional. I add the wheat germ but if you don't have it, feel free to skip it. If you don't like walnuts, leave them out. My daughter has been known to stir in some m&m’s or chocolate chips after it’s cooled. It makes a TON & the recipe can be halved.
Today I added dried craisins, dried apple chips & banana chips. I loved these golden delicious crispy apple chips. YUM!
8 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup wheat germ
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¾ cup honey
1 cup oil (I use coconut oil but you could use vegetable or canola)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of your choice of dried fruit, cranberries, raisins, banana chips, dried apple chips, etc. to be added after baking
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
2. Combine oats, pecans, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and wheat germ in a large bowl and stir until mixed well.
3. In a small saucepan, mix the brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Bring just to a boil then pour over oat mixture. Stir well to coat.
4. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets. If you like the big granola nuggets like the picture above, press it down into the pan a bit. Bake until toasty about 25-30 minutes, stirring half way through. Granola may appear to be wet, but will crisp up as it cools.
5. Allow to cool completely, then stir in dried fruit.