Homemade granola is such a wonderful thing to make. It's so simple, and tastes a million times better than any store bought version. And you can make it your own by crafting your own perfect melange of nuts and seeds.
I have perfected my favourite version (in my humble opinion!). The kids and I make a big batch every few weeks and we eat it almost daily for breakfast. It's so hearty and satisfying and utterly delicious.
If you've never made your own granola before, this is a great way to start.
Read on for the recipe...
Best Ever Granola Recipe
- made with olive oil and maple syrup -
2 cups slivered almonds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut chips
1/4 cup raw whole flax seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 brown sugar
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
Mix everything in a large bowl.
Spread on a large baking tray (I line mine with parchment paper for easy clean up - but not necessary).
Bake at 320 degrees F for 15 minute intervals x3 (total 40-45 minutes) - stirring in between each, or until the granola is nice and golden but not too dark.
* if you want granola clusters, do not toss the granola when you take it out of the oven for the final time, and let it cool completely in the tray before breaking it up into delicious bite-sized clusters.
*I don't like dried fruit in my granola, but feel free to toss in some dried cranberries/currents/raisins/chopped apricots at the end (after baking).
* Recipe inspired by the famous New York Times version - I've adapted it to my own personal tastes and preferences over the years.
Store in a large jar at room temperature. It keeps very well for several weeks.