Easy And Delicious Granola Recipe https://reclaiminghopewellness.com

Easy And Delicious Granola Recipe

Who here likes granola? Granola can be a great snack, but some commercial granolas are full of sugar, fat, and other things we might not want to eat.

fullsizeoutput_92Today, I’d like to share my recipe for granola. This is a staple for us; we use it crumbled up to mix into yogurt, I leave some pieces in big chunks to eat like a granola bar, and it’s delicious as a topping for baked apples, peaches, etc.

The best thing about it? It’s really easy to make, and one recipe makes a LOT!

This recipe is adapted from a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks: America’s Test Kitchen The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook. I’ve made some changes based on our tastes, but ATK definitely gave me a fantastic starting point.

Granola With Dried Cherries https://reclaiminghopewellness.com
Granola With Dried Cherries

Easy And Delicious Granola

1/3 Cup maple syrup

1/3 Cup packed light brown sugar

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

5 Cups old-fashioned rolled oats (if you’re gluten-free, make sure they’re certified GF)

1 Cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon. Next whisk in the olive oil until everything is well-blended.

Fold in the rolled oats and sliced almonds until they’re thoroughly coated.

Pour the mixture into your pan, spreading it evenly into a thin layer. Once it’s fairly even, it needs to be pressed down to make it compact. There are a couple of ways to do this: one is to use a stiff metal spatula to press it down, but a much easier and quicker way, if you have two of the same size baking sheets, is just to cover the mixture with a sheet of parchment paper, put the second pan on top, and press down on it until the mixture is compact. Remove the second pan and parchment paper, and your granola is ready to go in the oven.

Bake your granola in the 325-degree oven until it’s lightly browned, around 35-45 minutes, depending on your oven. Be sure to rotate the pan halfway through to promote even cooking.

Remove it from the oven and cool until it’s completely cool to the touch. Break it into pieces of the desired size. If you want, you can add dried fruit at this time.

** Another variation of this is to use coconut oil instead of olive oil, and replace the sliced almonds with chopped pecans.

Are you a granola fan? If you are, how do you use it? Please share!



NOTE: The Original Recipe, Almond Granola With Dried Fruit can be found in America’s Test Kitchen’s The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook, Brookline, MA, 2014, pg.61.


      1. Sorry it took me so long to respond Kim…. Our cable (and therefore our internet) has been in and out…. I hope it’s going to stay this time. The granola on top of the rhubarb would probably be delicious — I love it on some of the more tangy things; it’s a good balance between sweet and sour. I hope you enjoy it!

      2. It’s definitely the weather…. We had snow, sleet, and freezing rain yesterday. This morning the ice that was glazing all the tree limbs has been falling. Our back yard was covered with what looked like shards of glass where the ice had fallen and broken into pieces. It looks like most of it has fallen now, so hopefully the internet is back for good. I just consider myself lucky that we only lost power for a few hours yesterday.😊

      3. Wow, so destructive yet can be so beautiful. I always think of winter that way. We had almost 10 inches of snow yesterday, expecting more tomorrow. Yikes! Although beautiful, I am ready for spring.

      4. Oh my goodness! You guys have really been hammered with snow this year! It IS beautiful, but like you, I’m ready for Spring.😊

    1. Sorry for the delay V.J. As I told Kim, our internet has been down. The yogurt, fruit and granola combination is like a dessert, isn’t it? What kind of non-dairy yogurt do you use?

      1. Thanks – I just thought someone else might like to know about dairy alternatives. 😊

  1. At my house we often will have what we call a Breakfast Sundae. Fruit (cut up bite sized, your choice, just whatever we have in the house!) add yogurt and then top with the granola. Looks like an ice cream sundae but so healthy, filling and delish!

    1. Thanks for sharing Kim! That really is like a sundae, isn’t it? It’s almost like we’re kids getting to eat dessert for breakfast…😁

    1. Thanks Christy! Our snow is melting quickly today. It’s decently warm, and the sun’s out, so that helps a lot.😊

    1. Thanks Heather! We like it a lot. It’s really easy to make too. Hope you and Dizzy are doing well!

    1. Thank you Jennifer! If you try it with the buckwheat flakes I’d love to hear how it turns out. Hope you and Hubby are doing well.

      1. He’s slowly recovering, his lung is still collapsed at the lower end but that will take a while to reinflate as the fluid drains from the cavity…
        I’m just FM weary.
        Thank you for asking ♥

    1. If you try this one, I hope you like it as much as we do Mark. I love making my own because I can change it up. I got to thinking that I might try some walnuts next time, and then after it’s cool, add in some dark chocolate chips. That would make my perfect little sweet snack, I think. 😊 Hope you’re doing well, and that you have a great weekend!

  2. This looks great Terri, I have Granola every morning with fruit and nuts. It’s gluten free and Vegan. I love it. When I run out of mine I will try making yours.

    1. Thank you so much May! I hope you’ll end up enjoying it as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend!

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