Easy Homemade Granola

Granola is a tasty, nutty treat in the morning, an awesome afternoon snack and great travel food for the car, train or plane. The cost of pre-made granola is outrageous compared to buying the ingredients in bulk and making it yourself. Here’s my favorite recipe for homemade granola. The nice thing about granola is the versatility of the ingredients. If you don’t like one ingredient, just leave it out or substitute for something else.

Granola Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of skim milk
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 5 cups of whole oats
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, and walnuts all work)
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of dried fruit of your choice, chopped

Granola Ingredients

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combine oil, honey, salt, cinnamon, milk and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until sugar is blended and ingredients are well mixed.
  3. Remove from heat. Mix in the oats.
  4. Spray 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray. Spread the oat mixture in a think layer over the cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring 2-3 times during baking time to prevent burning.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. Add to a large bowl and mix in the nuts and dried fruit.
  8. Store in the pantry in an airtight container for up to 3-4 weeks.

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