The BEST have-it-on-hand-at-all-times homemade granola recipe.
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups whole, raw almonds, chopped coarsely
- 2 cups raisins or other dried fruit (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the vegetable oil, maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt to a large bowl and stir with a wire whisk to combine.
- Add the oats and chopped almonds and stir until coated with the other ingredients. Dump the whole mixture out onto the parchment lined baking sheet and spread out into an even layer. Press the granola down firmly onto the pan using a flat metal spatula, compressing it.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove pan from the oven to a wire rack and let cool completely. Break cooled granola into desired size, stir in dried fruit if you like (see note below) and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
*NOTE: I think mixing the dried fruit into the granola and storing it makes the granola a bit soggy. Not super soggy… but the fruit seems to soften the crispy granola a bit. So, I store my granola in the cupboard right next to a container of raisins, or other dried fruit. That way, we can mix in however much dried fruit we want when we eat it. Storing the granola separate from the fruit also makes it easier to use granola in recipes that call for granola only, with no dried fruit included, like these Dulce de Leche Granola Cookie Bars.
Keywords: granola, breakfast, oats, almonds