Homemade Granola

22 May

One thing I’ve always loved to snack on is granola. It’s the perfect mixture of chewy and sweet, sometimes salty, but still an overall healthy snack. For some reason, it’s becoming harder to find granola at the store (that doesn’t cost half my grocery budget), and I’ve really been craving some tasty oats and raisins. This morning, I took out a big mixing bowl, a cookie sheet, and preheated the oven to make my own granola.

It’s simple and requires very few ingredients this particular way. Just a note, however – I don’t really measure when I cook, so the amounts given are general suggestions. Fiddle with the amounts until you have a consistency that you like. The way I make it results in crumbly granola goodness, not big chunks of hard bar like granola.

Please excuse the stained counter. They are old and junky.

Ingredients:
Dried fruit, about 3/4 cup (I used Welch’s Berry Medley fruit mix, one package)
1 cup slivered almonds, unsalted
1 1/2 to 2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 to 1/3 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350o. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Add more or less of each to taste, and add a pinch of salt if you like (salt will help offset the different flavors of the granola). Once well mixed, place the granola onto a non-stick cookie sheet and spread it out into a thin layer. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until almonds and oats are a golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes until it has cooled down.

Once cool place in containers or just eat it right away. Whatever floats your boat. This will last about a week in the pantry, and longer in the fridge, if you don’t eat it all before then.

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