When you make your own granola it tastes fresher than when you buy it at the store. You also control the amount of sugar and oil that goes into it, as well as any other ingredients. Use this granola as a base for trail mix or eat it with yogurt and fruit for a nutritious breakfast. This granola has less than 2 teaspoons of sweetener per 1/4 cup serving.
Makes 8 cups of granola.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1/4 c. brown rice syrup
- 1/4 c. oil
- 1/3. c. boiling water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 6 c. rolled oats
- 1 c. chopped nuts (walnuts have Omega-3 fatty acids but we like pecans-you may use any kind)
- 1 c. shredded, unsweetened coconut (optional)
Mix the honey, brown rice syrup, oil, water and vanilla in a cup. Mix the oats with the nuts and coconut in a large bowl. Pour the liquids over the oats and mix until well coated.
Spread on two cookie sheets and bake both at 325°F for 20-30 minutes, switching sheets from top to bottom half way through and stirring. Bake until dry. If the granola is not dry when it cools, put it back in for 10-15 minutes.
When cool, remove from cookie sheets and store in a cool, dry place.
You may add any seeds or nuts you want, or exchange the oats for other rolled grains. You may also add dried fruit but I suggest doing so after you bake it as dried fruit burns very easily.