This stems back to my college years, where I went through a granola phase. I didn't wear make-up (I didn't wear make-up on a daily basis until I started teaching), I wore Chacos with everything, and I wore Bohemian clothing. I ate lots of Nature's Valley granola bars.
Granola is a fun and yummy snack.
I thought about making some granola yesterday, and started skimming through my cabinets to see what I had to make it. This granola is "fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants" kind of granola. Just throw what you have in your pantry into the mix, and it should be fine! You can't go wrong with nuts, dried fruit, and rolled oats.
Like I said before, this is just a template - add what you'd like to your granola and take away what you wouldn't like. (Read my post below if you'd like my further feelings on making recipes your own.)
2 cups, old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup, dried cranberries
1/3 cup, vegetable oil
1/3 cup, honey
1/3 cup, brown sugar
1 tablespoon, vanilla extract
1 teaspoon, cinnamon
1/2 cup, almonds
1/2 cup, pecans
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Mix together vegetable oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a mixing bowl. Add in cranberries and rolled oats and fully coat the oats and cranberries with the mixture. Spread the mixture in a very thin layer on top of the parchment paper.
Bake the granola for ten minutes, then remove it from the oven and gently toss the mixture with a spatula and re-spread it. Place the granola back in the oven and bake it for fifteen minutes, and then remove it. Add your chopped nuts to the mixture, and coat them fully with the honey/oil/sugar mixture. Bake this mixture for fifteen more minutes (this makes your baking total forty minutes). Remove from oven, and gently toss the mixture with a spatula. Leave on a baking sheet to cool.
Once the granola has cooled, break it into pieces. It will make around eight servings. You can put it into little plastic bags...
or you can serve it immediately on top of yogurt or fruit (or both)!