Cooking Corner: Homemade Granola

Granola is a healthy, tasty snack with the added benefit of portability. Add this recipe to fruit and Greek yogurt, eat with milk, or simply pack a bag to take wherever you go!

The best part of this recipe is its versatility – feel free to add the ingredients you prefer and take out any others.

The rolled oats in this recipe are low in calories, high in fiber, and a great source of manganese, phosphorus, and vitamin B1. While fairly high in calories, the almonds in granola are rich in protein, fiber, and even potassium. This recipe calls for raisins or cranberries, but you may substitute your favorite dried fruit to personalize this granola.

3 cups rolled oats

¼ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon cardamom

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons

honey or pure maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ cup vegetable oil

½ cup slivered almonds

½ raisins or dried cranberries

1) Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, brown sugar, salt, and spices. Mix with a fork and set aside.

2) Separately, in a small bowl, whisk together the honey or maple syrup, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil. Slowly drizzle this liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until the liquid is evenly distributed. This may take several minutes.

3) Spread the granola in an even layer on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet, stir the granola for even cooking, and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

4) Cool the granola for at least 30 minutes and then add the slivered almonds and raisins or dried cranberries and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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