Shannon my old roommate showed me this recipe 2 years ago and ever since I’ve been a homemade granola type of girl. I really like that you can thrown any nuts, dried fruit, seeds and cereal grains in it as you want. I like to use spice and this recipe doesn’t use sugar or any oil. The recipe that follows is just my favorite combination of flavors. It’s a bit of effort but it’s well worth it and it stores dry for up to two weeks.
- 1 can of frozen orange juice
- 6 cups of large flake oats (you might need to add more if the mix seems too wet)
- 1 generous cup of dried cranberries (of equivalent amount of dried fruit)
- 1/4 cup of flax seed
- 1/4 cup wheat germ or bran
- 2/3 cup unsalted sliced almonds or any other unsalted nuts
- 1 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds or other seeds
- 2 generous tsp of any combination of spices such as all spice, cinnamon, cardamon
- Coconut is also good mixed in just limit the amounts of mix in at the end because it can burn in the cooking process
- 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup, optional I usually go without
Preheat oven for 350F.
Place frozen OJ in a large mixing bowl, and let melt. Add dried fruit, spice(s) and coconut (if usuing) and let sit for 20-30 minutes.
Add nuts, bran, oats and honey/maple syrup (if using). Mix until everything is coated well in OJ.
Spray a large cookie sheet and spread mixture on pan sparsely. You want to be able to turn it and move it around so it toasts on all sides. Bake about 5 minutes then turn and bake about 5 more minutes, you want it to be dried out and light-medium brown.
As you cook the granola in small batches cool on wax paper or in a lage shallow dish before storing in an air tight contain, make sure it is totally cooled otherwise it will hold moisture and go bad sooner.
Enjoy with yoghurt/soy yogurt, milk/soy milk or as a snack with fruit.