I love granola but finding a quality, sugar-free, and inexpensive product in the store is practically impossible. I also had no idea how easy granola was until I made this batch for the first time a few weeks ago. After making this recipe, I will no longer buy granola in stores - serious YUM coming your way!
- 1/2 cup neutral oil, I used grapeseed but sunflower would work as well
- 1/2 maple syrup (I use just under a half cup as I found it to be pretty sweet)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups nuts, I used sliced almonds, walnuts, pumpkin & sunflower seeds
- 1/2 - 1 cup chopped dried fruit, I used cranberries
Optional add-ons: ground flax seed and chia seeds
- Heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl whisk together the 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 syrup, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp salt
- Add in the 3 cups oats and nuts and stir to coat.
- Spread the oat mixture onto the lined baking sheet. Everything should be distributed evenly.
- Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. The granola is ready when the oats are golden-brown and the almonds are toasted. It will feel wet coming out of the oven but it will dry as it cools.
- Remove the mixture from the oven and add in the fruit, and optional add-ins like ground flax seed and chia seeds.
- Allow for it to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.