Have-It-Your-Way Granola

Have-It-Your-Way Granola

Crunchy, perfectly sweetened granola that can be modified to include your favorite ingredients!

It’s hard to find a great-tasting granola that isn’t loaded with fat and sugar. And often times, the good stuff costs an arm and leg.

Here’s an easy recipe that’ll leave you with a batch that’s full of flavor, crunchy, clumpy, perfectly sweetened, and low in fat. I made it the other day and my family loved it (it hardly lasted three days).

Ingredients

The essentials:

  • 4 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
Optional:
(This is where you can get creative! Substitute your favorite nuts, dried fruit, extract, and spices for ingredients you don’t like.)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup of dried cherries

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 F.
  • Spray two baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, nuts, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites, oil, honey, and vanilla for about 45 seconds. Pour mixture on top of the dry ingredients.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients together until the wet evenly coats the dry.
  • Split the granola evenly between two baking sheets, making a doughnut shape with no granola in the center (this shape allows the granola to bake evenly). Pat down the granola with your hands or the back of a spatula.
  • Bake granola in pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown, rotating the baking sheets about halfway through the baking time.
  • Let granola sit for about 35-40 minutes, or until room temperature, before breaking into clumps. Gently mix in the dried cherries (adding the dried fruit after baking prevents it from becoming hard and too dry).
  • Store in an airtight container.

Other dried fruits to consider: raisins, dried blueberries, dried raspberries, and dried cranberries.

Other nuts to consider: cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, and macadamia nuts.

Other spices and extracts to consider: nutmeg, cardamom, and maple extract.

You can also add seeds, like flax or sesame!

Bake your own batch of granola so that you can control everything that goes in it. You just might start a new family tradition! I suggest you make it over the weekend so that you can enjoy it throughout the week. This is a great activity for your kids to be a part of, and it can even be used as a gift for your neighbor! Sprinkle it on top of greek yogurt for a healthy breakfast or great snack.

(The original Have-It-Your-Way Granola recipe was found online at Confessions of a Bright Eyed Baker – www.brighteyedbaker.com)