I Love…love…luv granola! The funny thing is I didn’t grow up eating granola and really never appreciated it until I took a cooking class 7 or 8 years ago. Once I saw how easy it was to make, I was sold. I gave it away to neighbors for holiday gifts or friends just because. I find granola to be a great comfort snack, it’s simple enough to grab a handful and get a light pick me up in the afternoon or you can use it for a healthy breakfast in a parfait, it can be sprinkled in hot oatmeal. If you put some in your favorite muffin mix, it makes a simple muffin into a new creation. You can even sprinkle it on top of ice cream.
It’s so easy to make, now that I know how and you will find it easy to make as well. First you simply put your oatmeal, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, cinnamon, vanilla extract & salt in a bowl and toss.
Then you put your syrup and sugars in a pan to melt. Once it’s all melted you pour the now liquid on top of your mixed oats and then you bake. I tend to bake in 10 minute increments until I get the color I like.
You can see how in 30 minutes of baking where it starts off and how it looks completed. When the granola is no longer moist and it’s reached the color I like, I remove it from the oven and I put the fruit on top. If you bake the granola and put the fruit in and then bake it, the fruit will burn and you will have to start over so wait until the end so you don’t dry out your fruit.
I hope you enjoy this granola, it’s one of my favorites!