There is nothing better than eating granola. I love it as cereal, in yogurt or just grabbing by the handfuls. The only depressing thing about it is the price, it is ridiculously EXPENSIVE! So I have searched for the perfect homemade granola and I am happy to say, I have found it. Actually, I didn’t find it, my sister-in-law shared it with me. And I am so happy to say this is my “it” recipe for granola. It is cheap “ish”, super easy to make and it makes a ton (16 cups to be exact). Trust me, this is a recipe everyone should try. You really cannot mess this one up. Plus, there is plenty of room for creativity, which I love. Enjoy!
10 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups raw sliced or roughly chopped almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (I like to add a little extra!)
1/2 t. kosher salt
3 T. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
3/4 cup grapeseed oil (you can use coconut or even extra virgin olive oil!)
1 cup organic maple syrup
1/4 cup organic brown sugar
1 1/2 T. vanilla extract
1 1/2 t. almond extract (I didn’t have this so I just added extra vanilla)
- Preheat oven to 250. Position racks to the top and bottom position. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine oats, all the seeds, the almonds, coconut and the spices in a large bowl. Mix it up really good. In a separate bowl whisk the oil, syrup, brown sugar and vanilla/almond extract together until well combined. Pour this mixture over the oats and stir until everything is coated.
- Spread out the granola onto your 2 baking sheets and place in the oven. Set the timer for 30 minutes. Switch pans from top to bottom/ bottom to top and stir the granola around. Do this 30 times for a total of 90 minutes.
- At the end of the 90 minutes your granola is technically “done”. However, you can leave it in the turned off oven for up to 6 hours for added crisp. You will notice this granola is not clumpy like most store bought brands…but don’t let that discourage you…it is still SO TASTY.