Updated: Sep 2, 2021
I love this recipe because it's so flexible. You can make it work with whatever you have on hand. At the bottom I'll indicate my favourite ingredients to use.
4 cups oats
1/2 cup nuts
1/2 cup seeds
1 cup coconut (or bran flakes or more oats or nuts)
1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)
1 pinch salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon (or other favourite spice)
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup oil or melted butter
1/3 cup sweetener (maple syrup or honey or sugar. Presumably agave or liquid stevia would work but I have not tried these.)
If you don't have one of the dry ingredients (nuts, seeds, coconut or dried fruit) you can just replace them with more oats.
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (mix well to coat dry ingredients.)
3. Spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 8-10 minutes.
My Preference: Maple Pecan Cranberry Granola
Nuts: pecans (or almonds or walnuts)
Seeds: chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds (I like using a combination)
Dried Fruit: cranberries
Sweetener: maple syrup