Let me preface this by saying, I am not a cook, I mean, I can cook things, with a recipe, I can make some dishes, but, I tend to make the same things over and over and over again. Creature of habit? Maybe. I know how to cook it? Likely.
Lately I’ve been craving granola. Why? No clue. But, I have been. So in my quest for the best granola possible, I did some research and discovered that granola is actually quite easy to make!
So, based on my lay research, here is my own recipe…. it's reallly very easy, and I am not just saying that... it's true, you can trust me, I make granola!
Round Up Preheat oven to 300
- 5 cups oats (not the instant kind, we want the real thing!)
- ½ cup melted butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup brown sugar
Mix all the ingredients except the oats. It may be easier to warm them all together so that the liquid mixture coats the oats without a lot of drama.
Once they are nice and mixed together, add them to the oats. Instead of just dumping the entire mixture at once, add the mixture bit by bit, mixing it in between your additionas. This will make it easier to coat all the oats and prevent one big giant glob.
Stir the oat mixture making sure all the oats are coated.
Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet (you may want to spray it with cooking spray so nothing sticks.) Spread it out evently.
If you enjoy clumps/chunky granola, add a little water and use your hands to squeeze parts of the mixture together.
Now, I check it every 15 minutes, touching the oats to see if they are very crispy yet; about 30 minutes in, flip them around so other sides can get happy crispy and tasty.
FYI ... If you do not flip them, the bottom will end up hard, which is fine, if you like it that way...it sort of turns into more of a giant granola bar.
The mixture will get crispier once it cools, so don’t feel like you have to cook them forever.
You can always mix up ingredients a bit if you wish…maybe use all honey or all maple syrup, maybe add more brown sugar, maybe cook longer or shorter.
If you add raisins, I would add them at the very end…I added them early on during one batch and they came out a bit crispy. Keep in mind you can add any other surprises.. chocolate chips, nuts, peanut butter chips, etc.
You can use this same recipe to make granola bars...however, instead of putting the mixture on a cookie sheet, put it into some sort of cake pan and press the mixture down evenly. Do not turn it though.
Fun stuff! Enjoy!