Store bought granola makes me feel like I'm chewing rocks and glass and that a tooth is going to break at any second. I really like granola but it's too darn hard to chew.
A friend recently talked about making her own granola so I started looking for a recipe.
I found just the right one in the March/April 2014 issue of Taste of the South's Annual Breakfast Issue. I modified the original recipe to eliminate the almonds and substituted 1 cup of dried cranberries. The original recipe called for 1 cup slivered almonds and 1 cup pecans. That just sounded like more nuts than I wanted.
Toss together 2 cups Oatmeal, 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup chopped nuts in a bowl.
Measure 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup honey and 3 tablespoons brown sugar into a pan. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
Toss everything but the fruit together and spread it on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a 275' preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
I tossed in 1 cup of dried cranberries in place of the slivered almonds after it was done baking, let it cool, then stored it in an airtight container.
The only thing I would do differently is add 2 cups of dried cranberries. I would have liked more cranberry flavor.
This recipe is so simple and tastes great. I made another batch using dried pineapple and unsweetened coconut. It is delicious just plain, in a bowl with milk or on top of yogurt.
My next concoction will involve dates and walnuts.
I'd welcome any other combinations you can think of.