Warning. Once you have home made granola there is no turning back.
This recipe has endless variations. Once you start, you'll be adding all kinds of spice, dried fruit, and nut variations. I encourage this behaviour.
If you up the honey and oil combo, you create a more bar-cookie like granola. Which my daughter loves.
If you follow as is, you end up with traditional, super crumbly granola. Which my daughter also loves.
Eat it with milk. Eat it with yogurt. Eat it on the go. It's sweet, crunchy, healthful and has a fresh depth you don't find in store bought versions. I also hate when they skimp on nuts and the good stuff, so this is your chance to indulge.
1.5 cups old fashioned oats
1.5 cups stone ground oats
1/2 cup coconut flakes (I like Dang)
3 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans (or other nut)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
generous pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1-1 1/2 cups dried fruit (used dried strawberries and blueberries here)
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Place parchment paper or a liner on a large baking sheet. Mix oats, coconut, brown sugar, pecans, and spices in a large bowl. Heat & stir honey, vanilla, and oil in a saucepan over low heat until combined.
Pour honey mixture over oats and stir until combined. Spread over baking sheet and bake until golden, about 40 minutes, stirring 1-2 times between. Stir and allow to cool. Add in fruit.
Last about 1 week in an airtight container or bag.