Trust me….this is sooooo much better than store-bought granola. I double the recipe and store in large mason jars. It can be eaten as cereal or on top of yogurt or even ice cream. (or, of course, by the handful 🙂 )
Feel free to vary the ingredients to your liking…You may want to try dried apricots, dates, dried cranberries, or currents. Perhaps you don’t want to add the almonds…or prefer pecans…I say go for it!
8 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (we prefer dark)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt (I used sea salt, but this is totally a preference thing)
1 tsp maple extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (store bought or homemade)
In a large bowl, combine the oats, raisins, cherries and nuts. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in maple and vanilla extracts, and the pumpkin pie spice . Pour over the oat mixture and mix well…be sure it is all coated.
Transfer granola to two greased or parchment lined and greased cookie sheets or baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden and crisp, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.
Store in an airtight container.
What do I love about this? It has no added fat and just tastes sooo good. I love how you can make it the same each time or you can switch it up!
What don’t I love about this? Well, honestly, the first time I made this, I forgot to grease the pan and didn’t use parchment…it was ….difficult…to remove from the sheet. Lesson learned and now it is all good! 🙂
NEXT UP: Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice!