Granola has been a real treat around our house lately. I found a new recipe that used oil, instead of butter, (always a plus in our country, butter is available but it's somewhat expensive and a 30 minute bike ride away!) and tweaked it to fit a few ingredients I had in the cupboard. Lately we've been enjoying this granola sprinkled over plain yogurt, with a few strawberries or mango slices added just for extra yummyness. The finished texture is delightfully crunchy. Here's how to make it:
In a saucepan, combine:
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Cook over medium heat until well combined.
In a large bowl, combine:
6 cups quick-cooking oats (regular will work fine, too)
1 cup almonds, slivered or roughly chopped (I've used walnuts, too)
1 cup diced mixed dried fruit--pineapple and mango are our current favorites, gives that "tropical" feel!
1/2 cup flaked coconut
Pour liquid mixture over the dry mixture, stirring until thoroughly coated. Spread granola on 2 cookie sheets in an even layer. Bake at 275 F for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!