Granola, the ultimate multi-tasker! It can be an easy take-along snack, breakfast or throw it in some yogurt for a parfait! The other nice thing about granola is how easy and forgiving it is to make. The ingredients are flexible, so if you don’t have them all just substitute or skip whatever you don’t have! Additionally, making it yourself can be cheaper and healthier! My son and I just made a big batch of granola together – adding and mixing the dry ingredients together is something even the youngest toddler can help with!
- 8 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup oat bran
- 1 cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
- 3 cups chopped nuts (use your favorites, either one kind or mix a few together)
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¾ cup honey
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups dried fruit
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Combine oats, flaxseed meal, wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds and nuts in a large bowl.
- Combine salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, vanilla and almond in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then pour over dry ingredients. Stir to coat.
- Spread mixture evenly on prepared baking sheets.
- Bake until toasty brown, about 20 minutes. Stir halfway through.
- Cool, then mix in dried fruit.
- Store in airtight containers. Freezes well.