I try to always make sure we have a batch of granola around the house – the kids like it for breakfast, you can pack it for a snack and I love it over frozen yogurt. This is a basic recipe, but you can mix anything you like.
For chocolate granola add 1 cup of chocolate chips (Scharffenberger 62% semisweet chunks); omit the cinnamon.
For fruity granola mix in dried fruit like sliced apricots, cherries, cranberries or raisins.
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup good quality honey
1 cup of mixed dried fruit or chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, toss together the oats, coconut, almonds and cinnamon. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour wet ingredients over the oat mixture, mix well until all the oats are coated.
Spread mixture on a sheet pan and bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool and add dried fruit or chocolate chips.
Keeps well, in an airtight container for about 2 weeks.