I never mind when the granola jar gets low because that just means more needs to be made, and there's little else that makes the house smell as good as it does when we bake granola.
This is a recipe from my sweet momma, as so many of our favorite recipes are, and it continues to be passed on and on. It has become a staple in many of our friend's homes after they've tried it here. It's so simple to make and easy to add your own spin to so it can please every palate. And you can double or even triple it if you want to gift some of it or use it as favors for a shower, as we did for my little sister's wedding shower earlier this year. I mean, how cute are little mason jars filled with granola and tied with a bit of twine or ribbon??
So, my friends, welcome to our kitchen again. I hope that this granola feels just as cozy to you each time you make it as it does to me.
4 cups rolled oats
1-2 cups nuts (chopped pecans, shaved almonds, walnuts)
3/4 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
2-4 tsp. milled flax seed (optional)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. dark or light brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. real maple syrup
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, wheat germ, and flax seed. In a separate bowl combine the maple syrup, oil, salt, and vanilla by whisking together well.
Pour onto a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Add dried fruit, chocolate chips, or whatever else you prefer.
Revel in the glorious smell and enjoy!