What’s more comforting than the smell of freshly made granola wafting through the house? Not much that I can think of. I think that’s why I was compelled to fill my new apartment with that warm scent tonight, my first evening in my (almost) unpacked, settled-in home.
This recipe comes from Kathryn, my sister’s college roommate for the past 5 years, and I will never look for another granola recipe. This one is delicious every time. I think the coconut is the secret. (The combination of honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla helps too.)
I could snack on this all day, and it’s great with milk for a hearty breakfast. You’ll feel so good about yourself for making homemade cereal! You can use whatever dried fruits and nuts that you like. Here’s a picture from last year, when I used dried cherries, apricots, figs, and slivered almonds. (I was actually attempting granola bars here, but it didn’t really work out.)
Endless possibilities! This time I went pretty simple with almonds (buy them raw, since they’ll roast in the oven), raisins, and a few dried cherries.
Alright, I’m going to keep munching on my granola, slip on my birkenstock look-alikes, and make a hemp bracelet with my roommate.
Happy end of summer!
6 cups oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup slivered almonds (and/or whatever dried fruits and nuts you like)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil (I use vegetable oil)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
A little cinnamon
Combine the dry ingredients on a baking dish. In a microwavable bowl, combine the oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Heat in the microwave to dissolve the sugar.
Pour the mixture over the oats/dry ingredients and mix well. Make sure everything is coated with the syrup mixture.
Bake at 300° for 30-40 minutes. Every 10 minutes remove from the oven and mix well.