Packaged granola in the grocery store can be quite expensive, not to mention high in fat and other unwanted ingredients. Why not make your own at home? It's less expensive, easy to make, and doesn't contain preservatives or trans fats. And, while it's in the oven baking, it fills the house with the most wonderful aroma. I've tried a few different variations -- one with dried blueberries, one with honey -- but my favorite so far is maple-nut. It's delicious over yogurt or oatmeal, and it makes a great snack on its own. It can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Maple-Nut Granola1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds, scant 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt.
2. In a small bowl, mix 5 teaspoons vegetable oil, 5 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Sprinkle maple syrup mixture over oat mixture and stir well to combine.
3. Spread oat mixture on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes, rotating sheet and stirring mixture halfway through. Let cool completely.
Makes 4 cups.
Adapted from Everyday Food.