If you are home for the holidays and are looking for an easy recipe to enjoy, this crunchy, caramelized granola will be your new go-to!
I promised you guys I’d share this recipe for the most delicious granola I’ve ever had. My neighbors brought me a tupperware of it the week Birch was born. I immediately asked for the recipe! My neighbor said it was from a magazine a decade ago and she’s been making it ever since. I made just a few changes to simplify the recipe and call it my own. It’s so easy you can make it with a sleeping baby on your shoulder!
I would not consider this granola “health food” because it does have a lot of sugar, but that is what contributes to the caramelized taste that makes it soooo good! But it’s made from real food and other nutritious ingredients so I consider it healthy nonetheless.
Like whole grain oats, pecans, and coconut flakes! I love these toasted ones by Dang, but you can use regular coconut too or sub in something else.
The sweetness comes from maple syrup and brown sugar. This granola mixture is very wet, which means every single oat has so much flavor and that big clumps form!
The directions couldn’t be easier – mix everything in a bowl and bake for 45 minutes.
You do need to stir it every 15 or so and allow to cool so that the clumps form.
Crunchy Caramelized Granola
- 3 cups Quaker Rolled Oats
- 1.5 cups of dry mix-ins pecans, walnuts, almonds, coconut chips, seeds
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup maple
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1.5 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 cup dried fruit raisins, apricots, dates, cranberries, etc
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
- Combine oil, brown sugar, and maple syrup in a large bowl and stir well to combine.
- Add all dry ingredients, minus any dried fruit.
- Mix well to combine and spread onto baking sheet.
- Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Cool completely, allowing granola to clump.
- Add dried fruit and store in an air tight container.
Store in a container for a week or so.