I have been making this granola for years. It has been a goal of mine to write it down so I have a record (usually I just grab and dump), and I finally did it this morning! I have tried so many recipes that are wonderful, but I finally did enough tweaking to land on this recipe. This is a wonderful combination of great-tasting, minimal fat and sugar, simple, and cheap! This recipe is very versatile and forgiving.
Ingredients: 16 Servings
7 c. rolled oats Serving Size: 3/4 cup
1 c. sliced almonds*
2/3 c. olive oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ c. honey
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c. dried fruit**
- Preheat oven to 400°F***
- In a large bowl combine rolled oats and nuts.
- In a measuring cup mix olive oil and vanilla extract. Pour over oat mixture.
- Add honey.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top and stir.
- Pour mixture into baking pan and place in oven. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 7-10 minutes. ***
- Leave out on counter and let cool completely. After it’s cooled stir in dried fruit and store in airtight container.
*You can use any kind of nut or nut mixture.
**I prefer the taste of craisins, however I usually use raisins because I can buy them organic inexpensively. Any other dried fruit works well too.
***When you have the oven this hot it cooks more quickly, but you have to be more diligent to stir it approximately every 7 minutes so it doesn’t burn. If you’d like, turn the temperature down to 350°F so you have more leeway.
~ Alternative cooking instructions for owners of Saladmaster cookware:
Preheat Electric Oil Core Skillet to 275°. Dump mixture in and close lid. Stir after 20 minutes. Cook for another 20 minutes. Stir again. Set the timer to another 20 minutes, and leave until cooled. (I usually cook it at night so I can just let it cool overnight.) Leaving the granola in the cookware as it cools down makes it nice and crispy. Add the dried fruit after it cools.
For those of you who are interested in grocery savings, I did a price comparison of my granola to store-bought:
Alta’s Granola: $0.09/oz
Kashi Granola Cereal: $0.34/oz
Heartland Granola Cereal $0.17/oz
Bear Naked All Natural Granola: $0.28/oz
Bob’s Red Mill Granola: $0.29/oz
Quaker Natural Granola: $0.42/oz
As you can see, if you like granola, you can cut grocery costs on this item by 50% or more! Not to mention it’s nice knowing you’re not putting preservatives or unnecessary junk into the food you consume. 🙂
(I shop at Costco for the walnuts, craisins or raisins, olive oil, honey, and vanilla. I buy my rolled oats from Sprouts’ bulk bins at $0.78/lb. Because I buy in bulk my savings are even more substantial. It is definitely worth the yearly membership when you shop smart. Not all bulk buys are cheapest, but I have made up a chart that shows what items are cheapest at Costco. If anyone is interested, I’d be more than happy to pass along my findings.)