recipe: homemade granola

Nom nom nom!

I recently tried making homemade granola after seeing this simple-looking recipe on The Frugal Girl. Above you can see my second attempt, made tonight! It’s really easy.

Granola seriously costs way too much at the grocery store–$4-7 for a teensy bag of organic granola? Even at Trader Joe’s (my favorite grocery store evaaah!) it’s still $3-4 a box, I think.

Since old-fashioned rolled oats are under $3 for a huge canister and that can make lots of homemade oat meal, I think even with the other slightly pricier ingredients (vanilla extract, maple syrup) this oatmeal is a much better deal. I made a double batch, and Phil and I had a bowl of granola for dessert tonight. We love it. It has that homemade authentic flavor that you don’t get from a bag.

Here’s the recipe from The Frugal Girl (Recipe originally from America’s Test Kitchen’s DIY cookbook) :

No-Stir Granola
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar [Note: For the second batch, I skimped a little on the sugar and it was a little less clumpy than the first batch, but still good]
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw whole almonds, chopped
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 cups raisins or other dried fruit

-Heat oven to 325° F. Grease a rimmed half-sheet baking pan.
-Whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and oil. Stir in oats, almonds, and coconut.
-Spread the oat mixture into the prepared baking sheet; press evenly to compact granola.
-Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until granola is lightly browned, rotating baking sheet halfway through the baking time. [I only bake for 20-25 min–it seems to brown quickly.]
-Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly. When granola is cool, break into clusters and stir in dried fruit. [It’s really fun at first because it comes up in huge chunks :)]
-Store in an airtight container up to 1 month.

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