After making this I'm convinced I've NEVER had homemade granola. Probably because I never order the "lighter" items on the brunch menu like fruit or yogurt...
This recipe is SO easy and will last quite awhile. I made this at the end of last week to have on our road trip to Arkansas for Lauren and Bryant's engagement party (check out Lauren's fabulous wedding blog: Southern Aisle). I figured if we had this healthy snack in the car we would be less likely to eat the fatty, fast-food, road-trip diet. Although we gobbled most of this granola down we still stopped at McDonalds, Sonic, you name it and we ate it..gross. Maybe I should make another batch and go on a "granola-only diet" the rest of the week.
-3 cups of rolled oats
-1 cup of slivered almonds
-1 cup of cashews
-1 cup of shredded sweet coconut
-1/3 cup brown sugar
-1/3 cup of maple syrup
-1/4 vegetable oil
-2 tsps of vanilla extract
-1 tsp of salt
First, pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees. Next, let's mix all of our dry ingredients together in a bowl starting with the rolled oats...
Add your sliced almonds...
And your cashews...I tried to break them up a little so they weren't whole cashews, but rather halves or pieces.
...time for the shredded coconut.
And mix it up.
In a smaller bowl mix together the syrup, oil, salt and vanilla extract.
Whisk it with a small whisk or fork.
Pour the liquid over the dry mixture
Mix it up so most of the granola is coated with the oil/syrup mixture. Divide it all between rimmed baking sheets.
Pop them in the oven for an hour, but stirring every 15 minutes so it all browns evenly.
When it has been an hour and the granola is a golden brown color, scoop it into a bowl to cool. Seal in a plastic container or baggy to keep it fresh!
Use it as a snack, light breakfast, topping on yogurt, fruit or even ice cream!