My mom's friend Vicki gave me this recipe, which I changed a little bit from the original. She and her husband enjoy even just snacking on this granola and they make a big batch before their yearly trip to Florida to eat along the way. We like mixing it with yogurt and fruit, and I like that it is less fattening and a lot less expensive than what you buy at the grocery store, but very easy and quick to make and is my #1 go-to recipe when I want to bake with James. He loves making granola! Or "Granolan", as he used to call it, since his best friend's name is Nolan.
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (not so healthy but oh, I love brown sugar!)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 generous tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I have been using walnuts)
Preheat the oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil spray.
Combine oats, flour, sugar, oil, orange juice, syrup, vanilla, and nuts in a mixing bowl. Spread evenly on prepared baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes, tossing once to prevent burning. After the 35 minutes are up, turn off the oven but leave the granola inside for about another half hour to make it even crunchier. Remove from oven, break up the big chunks into littler bits, allow to cool, and then store in an airtight container.
This granola will keep up to one month, if it lasts that long!
The original recipe included 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground ginger. I don't use the spices because although I like them, I like my granola to have a more simple flavour. Feel free to spice things up though! Additionally, when your granola is ready to be stored, you can mix in dried fruit (I love dried cherries!).
|I love that little helping hand.|
|Sweet baking boy.|
|Mmmm... breakfast goodness.|