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Homemade Granola

Any favorite dried fruit can be substituted for the cherries.

  • yield: Makes 8 cups

Ingredients

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pecans, cherries, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a small saucepan, combine oil, honey, and sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle syrup over oat mixture; toss with a wooden spoon. Pour granola onto sheet pan and spread evenly. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden (about 25 minutes). Let granola cool completely on a wire rack. Break it into chunks and store in an airtight container.

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Reviews (5)

  • 28 Sep, 2013

    We love this recipe! I did want my granola to stick together a little more, so I did increase the syrup recipe by 1/2 and the granola stays together much better. This is a family favorite!

  • 5 Jun, 2013

    This is my weekly staple, my go-to snack. I add my dried fruit after I bake the oatmeal so I can add more oatmeal, and I have also added other things like quinoa and ground flax. This is so fun to experiment with! I love it on top of home made yogurt. Mmmmm....breakfast. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 21 Mar, 2011

    This was great! I made a few substitutions. I used a little more honey and omitted the brown sugar, used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and put more nuts and cherries in.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    This was so easy and so yummy! I used a dried berry blend (blueberries, cherries, raspberries and cranberries) and I did not put in the coconut. However, I am wondering what the "Nutrition Facts" are for this recipe.

  • 15 Sep, 2008

    I made this with the 3 year old I watch. Not only was it easy enough for her to prepare, her and her older sister love it plain or on top of yogurt. I accidentally left out the brown sugar, and thought it had tremendous flavor without the added sweetness. Be warned, your house will smell delicious after you bake this.