I love granola. But purchasing it in bulk at the health food store is costly… At a recent farmers market at our church, a friend made a batch of granola–exactly the kind I like–so I begged her for the recipe and have been making it now for months… Thanks, Jennifer!
Yum. So easy, and much more forgiving on the wallet.
And, this recipe is glooten free. Okay, gluten free, (who came up with the word gluten, anyway?) as long as you buy gluten-free oats.
This recipe can easily be halved or adjusted… Adjust amounts of seeds, add raisins or dried cranberries, or other nuts, perhaps pumpkin seeds or goji berries–all according to your liking. I keep my batches of granola in a big jar in my pantry. It keeps well for a long time, but I go through a batch of 7 cups of oats every two or three weeks.
Time Commitment: 10 minutes to assemble and mix, 60 minutes to bake
- Tools you need:
- Two cookie sheets or large glass baking dishes
- mixing bowl
- an oven
- wooden spoon
- 7 cups oats
- 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped or slivered raw almonds
- 1 cup chopped raw walnuts or pecans
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, canola oil, or grapeseed oil
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1-2 tablespoons nut butter (peanut, or cashew or almond…)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- What to do:
Step One: Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon and salt. Stir round and round.
Step Three: If using butter, melt butter in a small pan. Add the nut butter and maple syrup and stir till blended. Cool, and add vanilla to liquids. If using oil, then melt nut butter–add oils and maple syrup and stir over low heat. Add vanilla.
Step Four: Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and mix.
Step Five: Divide the mixture in half, spreading it out onto two cookie sheets. Bake for 30 minutes at 325, then take out the granola, turning it with a spatula, and bake another 15 or 20 minutes, until toasted and golden brown.
Step Six: Yum! Store in an airtight container. Even this granola can be shared. You can put cooled granola into clean mason jars and give as gifts, or invite a friend over for breakfast and eat with milk and fresh berries, or plain yogurt like I do 🙂