Even as a kid I loved granola. But back then it was Quaker granola out of a box. I remember my mom buying it for my dad and it was supposed to be hands off for the kids since it was expensive on our family budget. I always snuck a little when I was up early and loved to shake the box to find the large clumps and pick them out.
I baked my first batch of granola about 10 years ago, giving it as holiday gifts. Ever since then I have been hooked on having my own homemade granola in the house. It is incredibly simple to make and can be customized with so many spices, nuts and dried fruits. I love it with milk as cereal or topping yogurt and fruit. So versatile.
Today I needed to fill my granola jar and decided to bake up a quick batch using what I had on hand. The only nuts I had on hand were cashews and for dried fruit I pulled out some cranberries. I always toast my nuts on a baking sheet at 350 degrees until fragrant. Watch them so you don'r burn them. Once they cool give them a rough chop. You will add the fruit and nuts once the granola is baked and cool.
Coconut Oil Granola
4 cups thick rolled oats
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup honey
1 cup toasted nuts
1 cup dried fruit
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Line baking tray with parchment paper
In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients. Warm the oil and honey in a small pan over medium heat. Pour warm oil/honey mixture over dry ingredients and mix to combine. Spread over baking tray.
Bake for 10 minutes then stir and turn granola on tray. Bake for another 10 minutes.
Let cool completely then add dried fruit and nuts. Mix thoroughly and store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.