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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Brunch — Easy Homemade Granola

I recently pulled out my trusty Baked cookbook and a recipe for Easy Homemade Granola caught my eye. For as long as I can remember, granola bars have been my trusty on-the-run breakfast, and I also enjoy granola as a substitute for cereal on occasion. 

Opting for regular raisins instead of golden, quick oats instead of rolled, excluding the hazelnuts (didn't have them on hand), and cutting back on the salt, I took a few liberties with the recipe and it turned out perfect to my liking. 

If I had realized that granola was this easy to make, I would have been making it for a long time until now. This recipe will leave you with plenty of crunchy granola for the week ahead. 

Have you made homemade granola? What's your favorite recipe? 

Easy Homemade Granola
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole almonds
1/3 cup whole hazelnuts
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dried cherries

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined. 

Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread it out evenly, but leave a few clumps here and there for texture.

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the almonds over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Let cool completely. Sprinkle the raisins and cherries over the granola and use your hands to transfer it to an airtight container. The granola will keep for 1 week.

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