homemade granola

It’s nothing fancy, but having some homemade granola satisfies many cravings for me–nice with yogurt, mid day snack, and evening a midnight bowl with milk, the list is endless. Granola always holds a special place within me, especially this recipe with a hint of saltiness combined with the sweet :) My friend and I discovered this recipe by Alton Brown years ago. Laura Claire can attest, it became a every other night baking event since we couldn’t get enough. To keep the costs down, we didn’t use any dried fruit. Since then, my mom got into a Ina Garten granola kick that used LOTS of dried fruit…I’ve converted, more fruit is the way to go. Trying to stay cost conscious, I landed on this delicious combination!

ingredientsIngredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried figs chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried pineapple chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredient bowl and mix well until all ingredients are coated. Pour sticky mixture onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

{mixing ingredients & into the oven}

mixing     pre oven

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add dried fruit and mix until evenly distributed–then ENJOY atop all of your snacks. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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