It’s taken a few experiments to get my granola both yummy AND healthy. For the most economical choice, use a combination of peanuts and raisins, with honey as the sweetener. For the most luxurious, choose Pistachios, and Dried Cherries, with REAL Maple Syrup.
4 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Pistachios, Almonds, OR Peanuts
1/4 cup Chia Seeds OR Sunflower Seeds
1 1/2 cups Dried Cranberries OR Dried Cherries OR Dried Apricots, OR Raisins
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Maple Syrup OR Honey
1 tsp. Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F. Makes approx. 7 cups.
Combine above ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Spread out over a cookie sheet. Bake for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown. Every 10 minutes give in a little stir. I usually go for the full 25 minutes as I like my granola crunchy. Near the end, watch it quite closely, no one likes a burned nuts!
Let the mix cool on the sheet, then pour it into a jar with a screw top lid. It will store like this for a couple of weeks. If you want to keep it longer, then store the jar in the fridge for up to a month.
If you’re cutting calories, opt for low-calorie Almond rather than a high-fat Dairy Milk.