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Basic Granola

Most granola is a fancy twist on toasted oats—consider that when contemplating the exorbitant prices retailers charge for it. The thing is, granola is incredibly easy to make at home, and for a fraction of the cost. This recipe is a granola base to which you can add whatever dried fruit, nuts, or other tasty bits make you happy. Feel free to tweak this with other spices, a little less honey, more salt—it’s quite forgiving, and customizing your own blend is the fun of making your own.

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Ingredients

number of servings
1
  • 3 Cup oat flakes Added to
  • 3 tablespoon packed light brown sugar Added to
  • 12 teaspoon cinnamon Added to
  • 14 teaspoon Kosher salt Added to
  • 13 Cup With Added to
  • 14 Cup vegetable oil Added to
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Added to
  • 12 Cup small-dice dried fruit Added to
  • 12 Cup coarsely chopped raw or toasted nuts or seeds Added to
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Directions

40 min.
1. Step

Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

2. Step

Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine; set aside.

3. Step

Place the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated.

4. Step

Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more.

5. Step

Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Note: It will harden as it cools.)

6. Step

Add the fruit and nuts or seeds to the baking sheet and toss to combine. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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