I have an addict living in my house. My Cactus. He is addicted to homemade granola. I think he keeps a custard cup in his pocket to make random trips to the gallon jar I keep on my counter! So, with his love of the granola, I thought I’d share my recipe that I use.
4 cups (1 quart) rolled oats
2/3 to 1 cup sunflower seeds*
2/3 to 1 cup dried cranberries*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 to 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon real salt*
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon raw honey
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Then mix all the dry ingredients together thoroughly. I like to make sure that everything is equally distributed. Then add the honey. A tip here: if you put a drop of oil (I use olive oil) in your measuring device and spread it around with your finger or a small basting brush, the honey will just glide right out and won’t leave a sticky residue behind. After you’ve added the honey, mix well. You want to make sure that everything has been coated. Then get out a jelly roll pan and slap the whole mix on and spread around. Place the pan in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. When finished, let the granola cool. It will harden up a bit and get crumbly when you transfer it to wherever you intend to store it.
*You can substitute the sunflower seeds for other nuts such as almonds, pecans, etc. The same is true for the dried cranberries. You can try with raisins, dried prunes, dates, etc. Also, I use sea salt.
There is so much versatility with this recipe. You can add coconut, dried pineapple (oooh, that sounds yummy), maybe even dried banana chips. Get creative and make it yours. You could even substitute the honey with molasses, maple syrup, or possibly even agave nectar.