Daughter's Granola

Making granola at home is easy, economical, and can be adjusted to a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. We love making a batch and using it to top oatmeal, fruit, ice cream or as a snack on its own. Our daughter loves this so much she even eats the nuts—which she would pick out of anything else!

Servings and Times

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Time: 1 hours
Cooking Time: 1 hours

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We start by preheating the oven to 250° F. In a medium bowl, we mix the oats, almonds and wheat germ. In a measuring cup, we combine the brown sugar, water and salt and mix. Then we stir into the measuring cup the maple syrup, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg (about 1/8 teaspoon), and vanilla.

Stirring the oat mixture with a spoon, we drizzle in the syrup. We stir well to combine and then spread on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

We bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring the mixture quickly every 20 minutes with a heat-safe spatula.

When the granola has crisped and the almonds are nicely browned, we set the pan on a trivet to cool for an hour.

The cooled granola is put into a large bowl and we mix in the raisins and cherries. We store the granola in airtight containers. If we cannot finish it in a week we refrigerate the containers to ensure the nuts do not go rancid.

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