Homemade Granola

Adapted fromĀ The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

I am continually on a quest for the perfect granola. This recipe is as easy as they come and makes the house smell terrific! If you are having friends over for brunch, consider making some just to get that smell in the house. This granola is also terrific for packaging as gifts – what says ‘thank you’, ‘happy holidays’ or ‘thinking of you’ like a homemade mess of toasted oats, nuts and dried fruit? Nothing better, if you ask me.

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups dried cherries
  • 1-1/2 cups dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, almonds and pecans. Mix until well blended. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, honey, maple syrup and vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until evenly moistened.
  • Pour the oat mixture onto a large rimmed baking sheet and bake for a total of 30 to 35 minutes, tossing a few times over the course of the baking. Remove granola from the oven and allow to cool. Stir every so often to break up the clumps as the granola cools.
  • Stir in the dried fruit. Store granola in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. Make this granola what you want it to be. Use walnuts, cashews, pistachios or other nuts you prefer. Similarly, the dried fruit can be any combination you like. Try figs, dates, dried berries or dried apples.
  • 2. Granola is one of those foods that is wholesome and healthy, but only in the appropriate quantities. It has a lot of fat (the good kind, but still fat) because of the nuts, coconut and oil. I can easily allow myself to get out of control, so I like to pre-measure portions into small bags or containers.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 35 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12 cups

2 responses to “Homemade Granola”

  1. Steph says:

    Made this today. So easy & absolutely delicious!

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