I don’t know about you guys, but if there’s one thing that we always have in our home, it’s a box of cereal. That sounds silly, but my husband is basically a cereal monster and would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if he could ( well, actually sometimes he does, the dork). Something that he’s asked me for ages to make for him is granola, which until this year I never attempted for some strange reason (poor guy). He absolutely loves the way his mom makes it and I am quite the fan of hers myself!
I remember the first Christmas I spent with Jay’s family, and how sweet I thought it was that she would make a humongous batch and give it to all the kids, as part of their gifts. This year my hubby and I gave gift baskets to my family at Christmas, and we filled them with some granola, and it was a hit! Homemade gifts in general are the best, in my humble opinion, and I loved giving some of this deliciousness away! When I took a stab at making a batch of my own, I wanted to mostly stick to the way my mother in law makes hers. But I also wanted to test the waters myself and add a few tweaks. So with her permission, the recipe I’m sharing with you all today is a mashup of hers and mine (but mostly hers).
- 8 Cups Rolled Old Fashioned Oats
- ½ Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Cups Coconut (Sweetened or Unsweetened, whatever your heart desires!)
- 2 Cups Almonds+Walnuts mixture (My mother in law likes to use sesame or flax seeds in her recipe, about a 1/4 cup of either and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds)
- 2/4 Cup Brown sugar
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 2/4 Cup Oil ( I used coconut oil)
- 1 Cup raisins, Craisins ( I usually shuffle between these two, myself), or any other kind of dried fruit you love! (Do not add until after the granola has baked and cooled!)
STEP ONE: Preheat oven and combine all dry ingredients well in a separate bowl
STEP TWO: Mix together wet ingredients until the oil is no longer separating ( I did this with a spoon, but you can also use a whisk or an electric mixer)
STEP THREE: Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir to a fairly even consistency and spread out in a shallow baking pan (The largest pan I have is a turkey roasting pan, so that’s what I used and it worked great!)
STEP FOUR: Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to prevent the sides and top from burning.
STEP FIVE: Remove the yummy goodness from the oven and allow to cool. Add raisins/fruit of choice and mix well!
My favorite thing about making granola is the delicious aroma that fills our home while it’s baking! And whether it’s for a bowl of cereal, a topping for your yogurt (my personal favorite) or just something yummy to munch on, my hubby and I have no problem devouring a whole batch of this stuff ourselves. I usually store our granola in a large mason jar + bag and refrigerate the rest until we’re ready to use it!
I hope that this recipe was helpful, and has you running out the door to go pick up all the ingredients you need to make some for yourself! Thank so much for reading and please let me know how it turns out for you!