The defining feature of granola is really only the rolled oats baked with some sort of sweet binding agent.You could use molasses or a mixture of brown sugar and vegetable oil, but I like honey. I also go for the whole almonds and a lot of seeds!
There's a lot of room to make this recipe your own so go nuts! (Ha ha ha. Granola humor...)
Makes about 6 cups.
2 cups rolled oats (I like Bob's Red Mill Extra Thick rolled oats)
1 cup of raw almonds
2/3 cup of nuts & seeds (e.g. sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds)
1/3 cup wheat bran
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw pecans
1 cup dried fruit (e.g. raisins, dried apricots, dried blueberries)
See a spread of my ingredients...
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a large bowl, combine everything except for the coconut flakes, pecans, and fruit. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
3. Spread into a large jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with a lip.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir. Bake for 10 more minutes.
5. Stir in coconut flakes and pecans. (These items are too delicate to be added at the beginning). Bake for 10 minutes.
6. Mix in dried fruit. Cool.