Perfect Granola

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This delicious healthy granola recipe is naturally sweetened with honey! It is so easy to make (one bowl wonder), and you can do your homework or study while it’s in the oven and cooling. You can also experiment with the flavors and add-ins to make it unique to you. This granola stores or even freezes beautifully, so you always have a breakfast option ready to go!

Recipe yields about 6 cups granola, enough for about 12 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 2 cup raw nuts and/or seeds (I used 1/2 cup pecans, ½ cup pepitas, and 1 cup walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt (if you’re using standard table salt, scale back to ¾ teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup dried fruit, chopped if large (I used craisins and cherries before, both yum!)
  • Totally optional additional mix-ins: ½ cup chocolate chips or coconut flakes (add in the last 5 min)

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.
  2. Pour in the oil, maple syrup and/or honey and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated. Pour the granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer. Bake until golden, about 21 to 23 minutes, stirring halfway. The granola will further crisp up as it cools.
  3. Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed, before breaking it into pieces and stirring in the dried fruit (and totally optional chocolate chips). Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Rebecca Mogil is from St. Louis, Missouri and is currently studying at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

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