Two recipes in a week! There has been some serious cooking going on around here!! I LOVE granola but struggle to find delicious store-bought varieties that taste delish and have minimal ingredients/sugar. So… I make my own! I tweak the recipe almost every time, adding different dried fruits, nuts, spices but I love this one below!
2 cups oats
1/2 cup (each) chopped walnuts, pecans, and almonds
1/4 – 1/2 cup honey (I use 1/4 but I like my food low on the sweetness scale!)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots (the ones from California are the best) chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 300F. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray (or use my fav, non-stick tin foil). Mix ingredients on cookie sheet (except raisins and apricots). (TIP: Combine honey and vanilla extract before pouring over dry ingredients.) Cook for 30 – 45 minutes. Stir at 20 minutes. Add cranberries and raisins with 10 minutes remaining, and stir. (TIP: If you like your granola in “bunches”, combine a couple of egg whites together and pour over granola prior to baking.)
I eat my granola with milk, almond milk, plain greek yogurt, or by itself!!