As previously mentioned last week, my mom’s granola is my favorite favorite. It is so delightfully quick to mix up and get in the oven and it makes your house smell like fall. And there’s nothing more cozy than that.
I have passed this recipe on to many family and friends and it has quickly become a favorite of theirs as well. It’s a staple in our house.
It is so easy to double or triple which is terrific as you are able to make however much you want or need at that time. It would be simple to make a large batch for yogurt parfaits to serve at brunch with friends or at a wedding or baby shower.
It makes a darling little gift as well — sealed in a mason jar with ribbon or raffia tied around it. If you were over at a friend’s house for dinner it’d be the perfect hostess gift to bring and couple it with some fresh berries and vanilla yogurt. Then they’d have breakfast for the next day!
And here is the recipe………
4 cups rolled oats
1-2 cups nuts (pecans, almonds, etc)
3/4 cups shredded unsweetened coconut (sweetened works too, if that’s all you have)
1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
2-4 tsp. milled flax seed (optional)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. dark or light brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In large bowl combine oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, wheat germ and flax seed. In a separate bowl combine maple syrup, oil, salt and vanilla by whisking together well. Place on lightly oiled baking sheets. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve even color. Remove from oven & allow to cool. Add dried fruit, chocolate chips, or whatever other goodness you desire.
Enjoy my friends! Thanks, sweet momma, for the best granola ever!