I absolutely love granola. It’s great for breakfast, for a snack, to take in the car on a road trip, to sprinkle on ice cream, to top a fruit crisp, even to eat for dinner on those nights when your spouse is traveling and you don’t want to cook a big meal…I mean really, is there anyone that really doesn’t like granola? Even as I type this I can hear my husband saying, “I don’t like nuts in my granola.” Well, fine. Something else that is great about granola is that you can make it any way you want with literally hundreds of different types of ingredients. I don’t like mine really sweet or too “busy”. Just simple and delicious.
Depending on the size of your family, this recipe makes plenty to share with a favorite neighbor or friend. Put it in a neat jar or container and tie a pretty bow on it…makes a perfect and sweet little gift. If you’re going to keep it for your family to snack on, it keeps really well in zip lock bags or Tupperware containers.
And remember, it’s easy to personalize this granola recipe. Substitute other nuts and fruits, and other forms of sweeteners like maybe honey, agave syrup, or brown sugar.
Anything Goes Granola
Preheat oven to 350°
1 – 32 oz. Bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 – 6 oz. Bag of Sliced Almonds
2 Cups Walnut Halves
1 1/2 Cups Shredded Sweetened Coconut
1 – 6 oz. Bag of Dried Berries ‘N Cherries
1 – 4 oz. Bag of Dried Wild Blueberries
1 – 6 oz. Bag of Dried Mediterranean Apricots
1 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
3 tsp. Pure Almond Extract
2 1/2 Tbsps. Oil (your choice, I used canola, you can also use melted butter)
1 1/2 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
Place the oats, almonds, walnuts, and coconut in a large roasting pan. Drizzle the maple syrup, oil, and sprinkle the cinnamon and sea salt over the oats. Stir until combined thoroughly.
Place in preheated oven and stir about every 15 minutes until golden and sightly crispy. About 90 minutes. While the granola is toasting, get the dried fruit ready. Snip the apricots in quarters.
Remove the granola from the oven when it is toasted to your satisfaction. Stir in the dried fruit and allow to cool thoroughly before storing.