Monday, September 12, 2011

Easy Homemade Granola

Whether it's a birthday, Father's Day, etc., finding a gift for my dad is tough. This year, however, I was prepared with something I knew he would love - a batch of homemade granola.

This simple, yet delicious recipe was given to me by a former coworker. Although it's pretty fantastic as is, you can also substitute your favorite nut in place of the almonds or another type of dried fruit in place of the cranberries. When
making this recipe, I usually add extra vanilla and cinnamon.

Try the granola sprinkled atop plain Greek yogurt.

Down to Earth Granola

4 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cooking oil (vegetable, canola, etc.)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a bowl, mix oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

Meanwhile, warm the oil and honey in a saucepan. Whisk or stir in vanilla. Carefully pour liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon, finishing mix by hand.

Spread granola in a 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola filled pan to a rack. After granola is cooled completely, stir in cranberries.

Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature for one week, or in the freezer for three months.

What's your go-to gift for dad?

- ST

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