Granola is another one of those things, I can’t figure out why people pay so much in stores to purchase it ready made. The ingredients are dirt cheap and it’s really simple to make. It’s no surprise that the homemade version tastes better too.
I like to make this granola with a few simple ingredients. If you want to fancy it up with add-ons like dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut shavings etc. you can always add them at the end.
A word on oats. I really prefer the quick cooking oats in this recipe. I can handle using a blend of rolled oats, which are less processed and quick cooking oats. I find the rolled oats to be too chewy in the cooked granola. Also, the less processed rolled oats will take a little bit longer to dry out completely. Experiment a bit and find out which blend is your favorite.
Also, I prefer 100% pure maple syrup. I’ve made this with regular maple syrup and it will still turn out. The flavor just isn’t as maple-y.
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/4 cup oil
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. Mix up all of the ingredients in a large bowl. There will be some clumping, that’s OK!
Dump out the mixture onto parchment or a silpat lined cookie sheet.
Spread it all out into one even layer and pop it into the oven for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes turn the granola over with a spatula. At this point the granola should cling together in large shards. Cook 20 to 30 minutes more, or until the granola is browned to your liking.
Let it cool completely before packing into containers for storage. Enjoy with toppings as a snack, or with warm milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon for breakfast.