June 15, 2009 Homemade Granola: Better Than From the Box
I’ve been dissatisfied with granola lately. It seems that every type I buy has a flaw that I just can’t get over: it’s either too sweet, too dry, doesn’t have enough “stuff” in it, or it’s just bad (in my opinion). After complaining about the lack of a good granola for a decent amount of time, I realized that the best way to remedy this situation would be to make my own. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe, and it was very good.
Homemade Granola – Martha Stewart
Makes 8 cups.
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pecans, cherries, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine oil, honey, and sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle syrup over oat mixture; toss with a wooden spoon. Pour granola onto sheet pan and spread evenly. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden (about 25 minutes). Let granola cool completely on a wire rack. Break it into chunks and store in an airtight container.
*I added more of all of the fruits and nuts, and substituted the vegetable oil for butter (1 stick of unsalted butter)…all for personal preference.