Once you have the right ingredients, of which there are so many possibilities, granola is really quite simple to put together. For us, all we need do is find the gluten-free oats, which are beginning to be carried in many local stores here, and we're in business. To make your own version, use the basic recipe I give below, and add your favorite dried fruits, nuts, flavors, etc. Be creative!
Basic Granola Recipe
4 C rolled oats, uncooked
1 C grain-based cereal, such as puffed rice, amaranth, or corn
3 T oil
2 T maple syrup
Mix all ingredients well and spread in thin layer on cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool for 1/2 hour. Granola will crisp as it cools.
To this basic mix, you can add such ingredients as:
Any mix of nuts or any single nut you enjoy
Other spices you like - nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves
Coconut, shaved or grated
Chopped dried apricots, apples, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, pineapple
1 t vanilla, orange flavoring
The very best part of this recipe is the incredible aroma that comes from your kitchen as it bakes. I once had a neighbor come over to ask what 'that addicting smell' was coming from our home. How cool is that?
Have you made granola? What are your variations??