I absolutely love granola. But, I don’t love its price tag. I can’t believe how expensive it is in the stores. So I scoured the internet. There are thousands of granola recipes out there. But, I couldn’t find one that wowed me. So, I took a bit of this one and a little of that one and compiled my own recipe.
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3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Agave nectar (or maple syrup)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, brown and flax.
In a separate bowl, combine agave nectar, oil, and salt. Combine with oat mixture and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in a 250 degree oven. Stirrin every 15-30 minutes to get an even color.
Remove from oven and transfer to large bowl and add cranberries and raisins. Mix until combined. Store in an airtight container.
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This recipe turned out perfect! A little crunchy, a little chewy, a little sweetness…bliss! Since I concocted this recipe, I’ve made at least one batch every week. Some weeks I make 2 or 3 batches. It’s great mixed in with yogurt. Or, in a bowl with some milk. Or, just by itself!
Each time I make it, though, I add something different. I’ve used dried blueberries, dried pomegranates, dried cherries, walnuts…whatever I have handy. It’s all great!
What mix-ins would you add?
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Hi! I'm Christina, the chief cook and bottle washer at It's a Keeper. I love to cook and am a self proclaimed recipe hoarder who reads cook books cover to cover like most people read a juicy novel. Join me as I cook and bake my way through the pile of recipes that I've collected. Read more.
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