With six kids at home, I love anything I can make in bulk with common ingredients. Granola is one of those staples for us. We eat it plain, sometimes as a cold cereal with almond milk; on top of a little ice cream with fruit; and, over yogurt. Granola is great because it's not only delicious but versatile, portable and can be quite healthy (depending on what you add to it).
My friend Karen gifted me a jar of her homemade granola a few years ago and I've been hooked since then. This recipe a perfect mix of sweet and salty. It reminds me (a lot) of a Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey granola bar. I love those bars, but they aren't truly clean. If you love them, too, I think you'll love this!
Here's what you need:
- 4 c quick oats
- a handful of slivered almonds
- a handful of chopped walnuts (I used pecans because I didn't have walnuts on-hand)
- about a teaspoon of salt
Mix all that with the liquid ingredients:
- 1/4 c canola oil (I used grapeseed oil, either will do)
- 1/2 c honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
Here's what you do:
- Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 for about 20-25 min. I opened the oven halfway through and gently tossed the granola with a fork just to make sure it wasn't burning.
** Thanks, Karen, for sharing the recipe! **
This recipe makes great teacher and bus driver gifts, by the way!