Does anyone have a favorite homemade granola recipe that they would share? I thought this would be a fun holiday gift, instead of cookies, but don't have too much time to experiment with a lot of recipes. Thanks in advance!
I've been using oats, toasted almonds, golden raisins, dried cherries, coated with some oil, honey, some brown sugar, a bit of maple syrup, vanilla extract and a touch of cinnamon. I found a recipe, Vanilla Scented Granola in epicurious.com, and have sort of been changing it around to suit my tastes. Trying to find ways to cut down the fat content - next time I'm going to try doing it w/out the oil completely and see if that works.
Here's the one my mom and I make. Everyone loves it and it makes a great gift in a nice plastic canister with a pretty bow.
8 cups oats (do not use quick cooking)
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 c shelled unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup sliced unsalted almonds, toasted
1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins or blueberries
Preheat oven to 350. Place oatmeal and toasted nuts in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat oil, sugar and honey over medium heat until thin, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and salt. Pour over oatmeal mixture and toss to combine (reserve the bowl). Spread evenly on 2 large baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 - 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then return to the bowl and toss with dried fruit.