Ok, so let me start by saying this is NOT average granola. It’s decadent. It’s so yummy that I’ve never fed it to a guest (in my recollection) that hasn’t asked for the recipe!! (I try to avoid telling them how EASY and QUICK it is to make so they really think I worked hard for them!! 😉 We love it on super-thick frozen smoothies, for breakfast with strawberry soy milk, topping vegan yogurt, or just as a simple snack. It’s totally habit-forming, so get ready to have to use some will-power here folks!! 🙂
Turn your oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start by getting your ingredients together:
4 1/2 C. Rolled oats (aka. just the regular oats, not quick oats)
2 C. Shredded Coconut
3/4 C. Slivered Almonds
3/4 C. Chopped Pecans
3/4 C. Brown Sugar
Mix the above in a nice large bowl with your favorite wooden spoon.
1/3 C. Agave (or Honey if not Vegan)
1/3 C. Oil
Put your oil and honey in a separate large measuring cup. Warm it in the microwave for a few seconds to liquefy the honey and it will pour over the oat mixture like a dream. Mix all that together well.
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper if you like. I’ve found that my favorite baking sheets are the one the hubbs got me around Christmas. Because they are not dark the granola cooks better without browning too quick. But I’ve used the dark for years, so just use whatever you’ve got. Here is the kind I have just FYI.
Divide the granola mixture between two large trays (mine are half-sheets).
Pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes. I stir every few minutes, and rotate my trays at least once. Your house will now begin to smell like heaven. Everyone starts for the kitchen, “Whatcha making?”
You can have your dried fruit ready to sprinkle on AFTER you remove the granola from the oven and it is cooling. You know what would happen if you accidentally added it before baking!! (chew, chew, chew)
1/3 C. Raisins
1/3 C. Craisins (Dried Cranberries)
1/3 C. Cherries (or blueberries or strawberries. Dried pineapple and papaya are a yummy alt. too. Just replace the Craisins and berries with them!!)
Let it get just a little brown. Ahh, such perfection coming soon!
Now, sprinkle on that fruit after you take it out!
If you can restrain everyone (and yourself 😉 from more than just a little picking at it, let it set there for a while until it cools. This allows the honey and brown sugar to harden a bit, so when you put it in your air-tight container for saving for a few minutes, there are nice little clumps and chunks – my kids favorite. If you can’t wait, never mind, it’s just as good. You can find the wonder of clumps n’chunks next time!
Ahh enjoy it! Nope you don’t have to cook dinner tonight! Granola will cover for you!!
- 4 1/2 C Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
- 2 C Shredded Coconut
- 3/4 C Brown Sugar
- 3/4 C Chopped Pecans
- 3/4 C Slivered Almonds
- 1/3 C Canola Oil
- 1/3 C Agave or Honey if ok with that!
- 1/2 C Raisins
- 1/2 C Dried Cranberries or Craisins
- 1/2 C Dried Cherries or blueberries or Strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Combine first five ingredients in bowl.
- Warm oil and agave or honey in microwave for a few seconds or in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. Once warm, pour over oat mixture and stir well to coat. Spread over two 1/2 sheet baking trays.
- Bake until turning slightly golden, stirring every few minutes, rotate trays at least once. Approx 20 minutes total.
- Sprinkle dried fruit evenly over cooling trays of granola.
- Cool without stirring for a few lumps n’ clumps!
- Place in airtight container once cooled. Will store at room temperature for several weeks if you can keep it around that long!!