I sit here munching on homemade granola and I vow to myself never again to buy the overprices packaged ones at the market. I didn’t know how completely simple and delicious granola was to make. With only a couple of ingredients you can make a wonderful snack to eat alone, put on yogurt, ice cream or anything you wish.
4 cups old-fashioned (not quick cooking) oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*I added raisins, almonds and cranraisins to my granola. But you can add whatever you would like to. Next time I am thinking of going the tropical way…nuts, dried mangoes and dried pineapples!
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a small saucepan, heat oil and honey, just until it melts. Stir in vanilla.
Pour the liquid mixture over the oats mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture is covered. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the granola starts to turn golden (bake for less time for softer granola, more for crunchier, drier granola). When cool enough to handle, take a spatula to remove granola from pan and break into pieces. Add dried fruit or mixed nuts to taste. You can store granola in an air-tight container for up to a week.