Friday, May 18, 2012

Homemade Crunchy Granola



Lately I have been making large jars of homemade granola every week. I keep it on the kitchen island in a big jar. We put the granola on fruit, yogurt and ice cream. However, the granola is perfect to use for your morning cereal with some milk!

Ingredients:

6 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups of  chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews) *
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup*
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups dried fruit
1 cup chocolate chips

*Use your favorite type of nuts.  Also you can use honey instead of maple syrup.

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine the oats, coconut and your choice of nuts in a large mixing bowl. Combine the oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium sized saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until the mixture is smooth. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and mix until everything is well combined.

Bake the granola in a large shallow pan. I use a large glass casserole dish.

If you are using a metal pan you might want to lightly spray it with some non-stick cooking spray or line with foil.




Bake the granola until it is brown. About 50 minutes. Stirring every 10 minutes. Once the granola has been removed from the oven - let it cool completely.


Once the granola has cooled you can add the dried fruits. Once again the type of dried fruit is your choice! They have a great selection of dried fruits at Trader Joe's. Also add your chocolate chips. Stir until everything is combined.

Store the granola in an airtight container. This recipe makes a ton - so share! With your friends and neighbors!


The little jars off to side are for some friends that I am meeting for lunch today! I used cupcake liners to decorate the tops of the jars.