Every now and then, I get a hankering for something sweet. Normally, a stuffed date or a piece of raw chocolate will do the trick. But about a month ago, it was more specific. Nostalgia came over me and I was looking for the flavours of a good ol’ oatmeal raisin cookie. As it turned out, I had been wanting to post a recipe video for granola for some time, so I decided to two-birds-one-stone-it, and whipped up some oatmeal raisin granola. The verdict? Super satisfying stuff.
In today’s video, I show you just how simple granola is to prepare. We’re talking 10 minutes to put it together (not kidding) and then a half hour or so in the oven. Plus, homemade granola keeps wonderfully in the freezer which means you can make a batch that will last you a while. Homemade granola is a worthy investment of your time, since you won’t want to go back to the boxed kind. Enjoy today’s video, give this recipe a try and let me know how it goes.
Happy cooking and healthy eating!
Oatmeal Raisin Granola
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup sultana raisins
Pinch of coarse salt
3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients: oats, pecans, almonds, raisins and salt.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil, maple syrup until liquidy. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
- Pour the syrup over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Spread the granola mixture in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes for even browning. The granola is ready when it is toasted and golden brown.
- Cool and transfer to an airtight container.
Note: This recipe keeps in the pantry up to 1 week or up to 3 months in the freezer. Make a batch, freeze it and use it directly from the freezer for a satisfying snack, breakfast or sprinkled over yogurt.