This homemade granola is a staple in our house for breakfast and snacks. Made using thick-cut rolled oats, avocado oil and maple syrup, it's a basic recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. Kids love it plain while adults can embellish with nuts, seeds and dried fruit. It's great for family camping trips and to jazz up for holiday gifts, too.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cook Time 2hours
14cups thick-cut rolled oatsold-fashioned
1 1/2cupsavocado oilor vegetable oil
1teaspoonfine sea salt
2-4cupsdried fruit, such as golden raisins, chopped dried apricots or dried cranberries
2-4cupstoasted nuts, such as sliced or slivered almonds, chopped pecans or walnuts
2cupstoasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk the maple syrup, oil, vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the oats and mix well until they are evenly coated.
Distribute the granola evenly into a single layer in the 2 baking sheets. Bake for 2 hours, removing the baking sheets from the oven to stir them well twice (about every 40 minutes).
Transfer to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature. Stir in any optional mix-ins to suit your taste. Or leave it plain so everyone can customize it bowl by bowl. Store in an airtight jar at room temperature.
A big batch is perfect for a family or for gift giving. For a small batch, simply cut the recipe in half.