Everyday Granola

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Everyday Granola- I started making it when I was trying to think of something to give to everyone attending our twins 1st birthday party.  I filled our freezer with cute little bags of granola and it was a huge hit with at least half of the supply devoured before the party was over. That was the beginning of my homemade granola addiction.

That stuff at the store? Not even in the same ballpark.  This recipe is insanely easy, flexible, healthy-albeit a bit high in calories-but quite satisfying for every person in the family.  From the wee little ones, to the cranky old ones, worn out from taking care of the wee little ones, whom tend to inhale this with greek yogurt for at least one meal a day.

If you are out of greek yogurt, try it over ice cream.  Not something you will regret, trust me.  Nor, would you seek penance for a drizzle of maple syrup over this delightful concoction.

Everyday Granola

Ingredients

  • Everyday Granola
  • There are endless variations you can do - this is my go-to, always have, ingredient combination. Replacing cranberries with dried cherries and adding handful of semi sweet chocolate chips is particularly delightful. Almonds and dried blueberries is another fav. If you don't have flax grab some wheat germ - or just leave that part out entirely, won't make a difference in taste, just pumps up the nutritional benefits.
  • Inspired by Melissa Hotek's Granola Recipe from Gourmet July 2008
  • 4 cups oats
  • 1&1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Oven: 350 (if you don't have one, get an oven thermometer- for my oven to get to 350 I have to set it to 300- calibrating your oven is important not just for this but for baking in general!)
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper - or spray with Pam or the like
  3. Dump onto baking sheet: 4 cups oats, 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup ground flax seeds and mix all together with your hand
  4. In large liquid measuring cup add 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1 Tablespoon vanilla - stir all together and pour over oat mixture.
  5. Use a large spoon to mix everything together - you want to make sure oats mixture is evenly coated with liquids.
  6. Into oven for 10 minutes- give it a good stir, rotate, and cook another 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes then add 1 cup of dried cranberries
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ingredients getting married on the baking sheet

I store it in a glass container on the counter because it never last longer then a few days.  You can freeze it for up to a month.

Toddler approved- need I say more?

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