Granola has always been an easy, tasty, and versatile breakfast or snack food. It was only until recently that we figured out how much cheaper and more satisfying it is to bake it yourself at home. Just like baking a pie or cookies, the smell of warm granola permeates throughout our apartment and really cuts down on our need for candles. With the addition of cinnamon and fresh nutmeg, this recipe is perfect for those brisk mornings in autumn alongside some maple yogurt.
Yield: 5-6 cups Time: 45-50 min
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup oat bran
- 1 cup unsweetended coconut chips
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 to 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp coconut oil
- 6 tbsp maple syrup
Preheat oven to 325 F. Cover two sheet pans with parchment paper
Step 1 Combine oats, oat bran, coconut chips, almonds, cranberries, grated nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl. We prefer to use a microplane on the nutmeg. If you only have ground nutmeg that will do just fine
Step 2 In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract over low heat. Warm until ingredients are mixed together and viscous, avoid bubbling
Step 3 Pour oil and syrup mixture over dry ingredients and combine well, making sure to saturate the oats and oat bran
Step 4 Evenly distribute granola mixture onto two sheet pans. A good tip is to leave a hole in the center of each pan, sort of like a donut, to ensure even baking when in the oven.
Step 5 Place granola in the oven on separate racks and bake for 35 mins. Rotate trays half way through the cooking time. Let mixture cool and eat immediately or store in airtight containers for up to two weeks.
Tips: This recipe is very adaptable. Don’t like almonds? Prefer dried blueberries? You can mix and match your favorite flavor profiles and ingredients. This also goes for the oil and sweetener. We like the taste of maple and coconut, but if you prefer brown sugar or honey instead, it’s all good. Just make sure to follow the same measurements
If after 35 minutes of baking your granola looks a little wet or underdone, turn off the oven and leave the granola inside to let cool. This helps dry out the mixture for those oh so crunchy clusters