Updated: Feb 22, 2021
Anything using oats, nuts and dried fruit equals a simple and healthy snack that adds that perfect balance of crunch and nutrition. Making my own granola has saved me time and money and below is a quick DIY of how I do it.
4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup of nuts and seeds (of choice) *
1 cup dried fruit of choice*
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup melted butter or canola oil*
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Taste a pinch and adjust sweetener or flavors to your liking.
On a baking tray lined with parchment paper, spread mixture evenly on sheet gently pressing down.
Bake for approximately 20-22 minutes, stir at 10 minutes and continue baking until a nice golden colour. Be careful not to over back as this mixture can burn easily.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before transferring to an air tight container or Ziploc bag. I store mine in a stainless-steel canister for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.
The nuts, seeds and dried fruit are completely optional. What I use typically depends on what’s in my pantry. I've used sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, flax seeds and chia seeds and when it comes to dried fruit; cranberries, raisins, apricots and or blueberries have been a personal favorite.
Use whatever oil or butter you prefer. In this case I used dairy free butter but I’ve also used canola oil as an alternative and coconut or vegetable oil are sample options.