Basic Granola

Makes approximately 4 cups of finished granola.

3 c Old Fashioned Oats (you can also use Quick Oats for a softer chew)
2/3 c Honey
1/3 c Coconut Oil
1/4 c Wheat Flour
1/4 c Flax Seed and/or Wheat Bran
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Ground Ginger
1 heavy pinch Cloves

Preheat oven to 325F.

In a medium saucepan, combine oil and honey and cook over medium-high heat. While that is coming to a boil, in a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. As soon as the honey/oil mix starts to boil, remove it from the heat and add the Vanilla Extract, then pour it all over the dry ingredients. Stir well with a wooden spoon to make sure all of the dry ingredients are evenly coated, then tip the mixture out onto a well greased cookie sheet or glass casserole and pack down into an even layer. Bake in the center rack of the oven for 16 minutes, then remove and cool before eating.

Great sprinkled over yogurt, or as a morning bowl of cereal with milk. Also great just on its own as a snack! If you like fruity granola, add your choice of dried or fresh fruit to your serving before eating instead of mixing it into the recipe. If you like a bit more crunch, try mixing in some toasted nuts.

Variations:

For tropical flavors, add dried pineapple bits and coconut flake

Seasonal Pumpkin Spice lover? Instead of Ginger, add 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, and increase the cinnamon to 2 tsp. Add 1/4 c of yellow raisins just after cooling.

Love Bananas? Leave out the ginger and cloves, but add in an extra teaspoon of cinnamon, and once you’ve baked and cooled your granola, mix in about 1 cup of dried banana slices. If your banana slices are very dry and crunchy, smash them up a bit first. If you have softer, chewy slices, just mix them in whole.

If you want a lighter snack with a hint of salt to the sweet, try mixing some granola into your next batch of buttered and salted popcorn. Add some chocolate chips or even M&M candies if you want a sweeter, more indulgent treat.

Leave me a comment and tell me what flavor you would like in your granola, or what you eat your granola with. I love mine with milk!