I'm pretty much a from scratch kind of girl, so breakfasts around here are almost always home made. But when we got a puppy... well, I just don't have much time anymore! The morning routine that gave us some time to make pancakes or scones (at least on the weekend) has gone out the window and been replaced with one that shoves our meal to the side in favour of walks and kibble. And that extra time for baking bread in the afternoon? That's disappeared too. Thank goodness for granola! One batch lasts us almost 2 weeks and it takes almost no time at all to make. It would take even less time if my oven had more than one rack!
Feel free to play around with the ingredients, adding different nuts and seeds to suit your taste. I love adding sesame seeds and pistachios, and hemp or flax are great, healthy additions. And while this granola is great with milk, my favorite way to eat it is with yogurt and fresh berries.
8 cups rolled oats (not instant!)
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup coconut (sweetened or unsweetened, either works)
1/4 cup butter
1 cup honey, agave, or maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups dried fruit
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a big bowl mix together the oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut.
In a small saucepan melt the butter with the honey. Add the cinnamon and vanilla then pour over the oat mixture. Mix well. Spread out on 3 parchment lined baking sheets.
If you can fit them, put all of your sheets of granola in the oven at once. Bake for 10 minutes. Rotate trays back to front and swap racks if you're baking more than one sheet at a time. Bake for another 8 minutes. Check the granola. It should be golden brown and smell amazing! I don't like to stir it while it's baking so that I get nice big clumps. If it needs more time let it bake longer, but keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn. Mine is normally done in 2o minutes but I have a 60 year old oven with only one oven rack! Baking with more than one sheet at a time might take a bit longer.