Have you priced granola in the store lately? Yeah, us too. We’re not buying it! It’s way too expensive.
Instead we happen to have a recipe for the best granola we’ve ever tasted. And it is so simple that once you make it, you’ll be making it every week, just like we do. Yep, every week, right after baking bread, we mix up and bake a batch of granola. The oven is hot, we love it for breakfast; it’s a winning combination.
We found this recipe in a great little book, Make the bread, Buy the Butter, by Jennifer Reese, and to be honest, I don’t think we could improve upon it.
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
Maple syrup must be real maple. Don’t bother with Aunt Jemima, she doesn’t know a thing about maple syrup. Make sure the bottle says 100% real maple syrup. Sure, it costs more, but it is so worth it.
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Mix dry ingredients. In a large (about 4-quart bowl) mix together all the dry ingredients, the oats, wheat germ, salt, brown sugar, nuts, coconut, making sure to distribute the brown sugar evenly.
Add butter. Pour the butter over the top, and mix thoroughly. This will help the granola crisp up.
Add maple syrup. Pour the maple syrup over the top, and mix thoroughly. This helps the granola form little clusters.
Spread onto two baking sheets. Spread the granola out so you have a layer about 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Neatness doesn’t count.
Bake. Pop the sheets in the oven, and bake for about 75 minutes. That’s it. No stirring. No rotating. Just bake.
Loosen. Remove from oven and run a spatula underneath to loosen it from the baking sheets.
Cool. Cool to room temperature and store in an air-tight container.
This granola probably keeps well for several weeks. We don’t know since ours is gone in a week or less. It also makes for a great trail mix; just add some M&Ms and some extra nuts and raisins and you are ready to hit the road. Easily five stars. It’s too easy and too good to rate anything less.