Okay Valentine’s Day is over, lets get back to the basics. Enough with the heart shaped this, the chocolate dipped that, I want my normalcy back!
I love granola.
It is such a versatile food, you can eat it on your own, over yogurt, as cereal, with ice cream (yum), on fruit, on the go, sitting at home. And for the most part, it is natural and (somewhat) healthy! It adds that crunch where you crave it!
This is my first time making granola and I referenced Alton Brown’s recipe, though I did not copy it exactly.
I used walnuts, added flax seed, used light brown sugar instead of dark, swapped sunflower oil for vegetable oil, used less salt, added cinnamon, and used mixed dried berries instead of raisins.
Definitely a little change up from his recipe, but it turned out fabulously!
I will be enjoying it until it is gone in various fashions!
Mixed Berry Granola
Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 1 hour, 15 minutes Yield: 4 cups
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup nuts, I used slivered almonds and chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup dried mixed berries
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Combine oats, nuts, flax seed, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, sunflower oil, and salt.
- Stir together both mixtures and pour on to two baking sheets.
- Cook for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking.
- Remove from oven, transfer to large bowl and stir in mixed berries.